A 16-year-old boy drowned in the Susquehanna River while swimming with friends Saturday afternoon, Havre de Grace police said, the second drowning of a teenager in two days in Harford County.
The youth has not been identified pending notification of his family, according to Pfc. Jeff Gilpin, public relations officer for the Havre de Grace Police Department. Gilpin said he was believed to be from the area or staying locally over the holiday weekend.
Gilpin said the boy was swimming with a group of friends in the waters near the Jean S. Roberts Park in downtown Havre de Grace shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday when he began struggling “on his own,” slipped under the water, and did not resurface.
Drugs, alcohol, or foul play were not believed to have played a part in the incident, Gilpin said. The boy’s body was recovered at approximately 4:30 p.m. by members of the Susquehanna Hose Company.
The Havre de Grace drowning comes a day after a 19-year-old soldier assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground drowned in the Deer Creek rapids near the King and Queen Seats in Rocks State Park. The soldier, who was originally for Oregon, has not been identified.
On May 20, an 81-year-old man drowned at Tidewater Marina in Havre de Grace after falling into the water without a lifejacket.