A man nearly drowned in a Howard County pond Monday morning, police said.
Around 5 a.m., police were called to a possible drowning after a canoe tipped over in a pond behind Tangle Wood Court in Ellicott City. First responders found Nicolas Bartko, 20, of Ellicott City, on the side of the pond. Police believe a friend had pulled Bartko from the water before emergency responders arrived.
Police believe a friend pulled Bartko from the water before rescuers arrived.
He was taken to Howard County General Hospital in critical condition.
Investigators believe Bartko was in a canoe with a friend when it accidentally tipped over.