BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore police have identified the two men whose lifeless bodies were pulled from the Patapsco River near Port Covington on Sunday. The lone female survivor has not been identified.
The victims have been identified as 35-year-old Edwin Rivera and 29-year-old Herry Alexanfer Vega.
It was a dramatic search and rescue as the Coast Guard and local authorities searched tirelessly for the two men who were reported missing in the Patapsco River near Port Covington.
“There was one person who was treated on the scene and transported to Harbor Hospital. It was a female,” said Ian Brennan, Baltimore City Fire Department.
That female is a 24-year-old woman who authorities say may have jumped in the river with the two other men around 5 a.m. Dec. 22. She emerged and swam to shore.
Her friends–Vega and Rivera– never resurfaced.
“With the use of sonar from our urban search and rescue team, we were able to identify in the very, very murky waters two bodies,” Brennan said.
There is a lot of speculation as to how they ended up in the river. Some reports indicate they fell off a cargo ship, but there is some belief they may have jumped into the river.
Baltimore City Police, as well as Anne Arundel County Police, assisted the city’s fire department and Coast Guard in the rescue.
The woman pulled from the water was treated at the hospital and then released.
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