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Havre de Grace Man Drowned in Susquehanna River Saturday

John Duncan, 58, passed away Jan. 19.

A Havre de Grace man pulled from the Susquehanna River Saturday has died, according to officials.

John Duncan, 58, accidentally fell into the water near the Amtrak bridge, police said, based on witness testimony.

According to police, Duncan was hanging out near the water with his friend, Guy McGee, 44, of Elkton.

"[McGee] looked away and when he looked back, [Duncan] slipped and fell into the water," Jeff Gilpin, spokesman for the Havre de Grace Police Department, told Patch. "At that time, [McGee] jumped in the water to rescue [him]."

Duncan was found to be unresponsive, and police ruled the death accidental.

"It appears they had been drinking, so alcohol may have been a factor in this accident," Gilpin said.

"There’s nothing on our end that looks suspcious," he continued. "It was an accidental drowning."

Police became involved when they were called to the scene at 4:58 p.m. with a report that there was a person in the water on the 600 block of Water Street, Gilpin said.

"A witness working at a marina close by heard yells for help," Gilpin said.

The witness ran to the water's edge and saw McGee swimming toward the shore holding up Duncan, who was unresponsive, Gilpin said.

As officers arrived, McGee passed Duncan to the witness and climbed out of the water, according to police.

Police helped pull Duncan out of the water and officials began CPR, Gilpin said.

The Susquehanna Hose Company arrived and assisted with emergency medical services, according to Chief Scott Hurst.

Police said the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps took McGee and Duncan to Harford Memorial Hospital. Duncan was pronounced dead at 6:11 p.m. Saturday, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

McGee was treated for minor injuries, police said.

A memorial service will be held for John "Jack" Duncan at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Kurtz Funeral Home (1114 Baldwin Mill Road) in Jarrettsville.

DGriffin January 23, 2013 at 01:16 PM
How sad
Trish Hannah Shea January 24, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I love you and miss you Uncle Jack.... you will always and forever be in our hearts <3 <3 <3

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