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. 

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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. 

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

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