ELLIOTTS ISLAND, Md. (AP) — Natural Resources Police say a waterman dredging for oysters was knocked overboard by the dredge and drowned. 

Samuel Todd, 59, of Crocheron in Dorchester County was power dredging for oysters in a work boat at the mouth of Goose Creek in Fishing Bay on Elliotts Island Tuesday about 9:30 a.m. when the dredge he had just emptied swung back and hit him. 

Police say a crew member could not operate the boat and waved his arms while standing on deck for help. Two nearby watermen pulled Todd out of the water. 

Todd was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Doug says:

    Sorry to here it.The water is ice cold and those heavy work duds .
    Who knows,maybe an instant heart attack.
    As they say of lobster,is true here.
    The oysters are free.
    The price you pay is for the lives of men.

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