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Two jet skiers killed on South River, totaling six deaths in the past week

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 11:42:26-04

SOUTH RIVER, Md. — It's been a deadly week on Maryland waters with six people drowning in Anne Arundel County alone over the weekend. In the most recent incident, a couple lost their lives early in the morning on Wednesday on South River.

Police were called early on Wednesday after witnesses said they heard a collision just before 2 a.m. The couple was found at around 5:30 a.m.

"The gentlemen was underwater, the divers had to retrieve him," said Colonel Robert Zieglar. "The young lady was still floating. I think the Coast Guard that recovered her."

Police said the couple hit a day marker and that neither of them were wearing a life jacket.

"It is against the law to operate them after dark," Zieglar said. "Again, we emphasize the laws and re-enforce the laws, but it's up to the people in the boating community to obey the laws."

Each person is required to have a life jacket on the vessel if you are going to be on Maryland waters, but officials say just having one on your boat won't necessarily save your life, you have to put it on.

Police do not know if alcohol was a factor in the jet ski crash. They need to wait for toxicology reports to come back. They will not released the names of the victims until family members have been notified.