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Search Resumes in Patapsco Valley State Park for Missing Elkridge Swimmer

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The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), Howard County Fire Department, and Baltimore County Urban Search and Rescue are currently searching the Avalon Area of Patapsco Valley State Park for a swimmer who went missing yesterday evening near Bloede’s Dam. Arturo Acosta-Acero, 33 of Elkridge, disappeared after wading in to the water by the fall at the base of the dam around 6:30 p.m. on August 4.

***UPDATE: Baltimore County Urban Search and Rescue recovered the victim’s body at approximately 2 p.m. on August 5.***

Acosta-Acero was swimming with his two friends, when he went to shore to put on his flip flops. He was last seen walking between the two rocks at the base of the dam. Search parties looked for him until midnight yesterday, with the search resuming this morning at 9 a.m. This incident comes on the heels of Governor Martin O’Malley issuing a water safety plea last week, announcing Maryland’s water-related casualties were at 12 for 2013 — double what it was last year at this time.

Governor O’Malley and law enforcement officials are urging everyone to help put a stop to this disturbing trend, protecting themselves and their loved ones by taking the necessary safety precautions in and around the water. All swimmers and boaters are urged to develop a precautionary safety and rescue plan before heading out, keep a close watch on children and non-swimmers, wear a lifejacket and have flotation devices on hand.

“One month ago we issued a plea for citizens and visitors to make personal safety a top priority while enjoying our State’s waterways, sadly since then six more lives have been lost to drowning,” said Governor O’Malley. “One day on the water, one minor misstep, one moment or lapse in judgment can lead to loss of life. Some of these victims were avid swimmers and athletes, clearly demonstrating that no one is immune to a swift current, large wave or unexpected mishap. We urge you to guard your life, and guard the lives of your loved ones by being smart and safe on the water.”

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