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Cambridge Boy Dies in Swimming Accident

Natural Resources Police LogoThe body of a Cambridge boy was recovered Wednesday evening from the Choptank River after an apparent swimming accident.

Nathan Smullen, 16, and a companion jumped from the pier on the Dorchester County side of Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park shortly before 5 p.m. and began swimming, a witness said.

One of the young men appeared to be in distress. Both swimmers made it to the U.S. 50 bridge pilings, but one disappeared from sight.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), the Coast Guard, Cambridge Police, Cambridge Fire and Rescue, Oxford Fire and Rescue, the Blades and the Seaford volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.

The companion was taken to Dorchester General Hospital for treatment.

Volunteer firefighters recovered the body at 7:42 p.m. It was transported to the state Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

NRP and Cambridge Police are continuing the investigation.