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Man Dies After Being Knocked Off Watercraft In Chesapeake Bay

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(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Natural Resources police say a man has died after being knocked off a personal watercraft in the Chesapeake Bay.

It happened Thursday about 3:40 p.m. south of the fishing pier at North Beach in Calvert County. Police say William Thomas Cole, 42, of North Beach was riding the 10-foot personal watercraft and jumping waves when he was knocked off his vessel.

Officers say Cole, who was wearing a lifejacket, called for help but was covered by breaking waves and then was seen unconscious on the water. Volunteer firefighters picked Cole up and took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident is under investigation.

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