Police find body of missing kayaker on Severn River

WASHINGTON — The Maryland Natural Resources Police said they found the body of a man who went missing when his kayak capsized on April 4 in the Severn River in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

The body of Jose Loza Ramirez, a 21-year-old man from Annapolis, Maryland, was recovered just upstream from the Severn River Bridge at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

According to media reports, police said Ramirez was a construction worker who went out on the river in a kayak with a co-worker to secure a company dinghy that broke loose in the wind when their kayak capsized. Ramirez was not wearing a life jacket at the time.

The co-worker was able to come ashore and was treated at a hospital.

There have already been four deaths in at least three incidents on Maryland waterways, the deadliest start the boating season in six years.

Police held a news conference in late April to emphasize the importance of boating safety, specifically wearing a life jacket.

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