12-year-old Baltimore girl drowned in ‘no swimming’ area of Sandy Point State Park

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A 12-year-old Baltimore girl drowned Tuesday at Sandy Point State Park after being pulled under by a current in a “no swimming” area, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Wednesday.

Rescue crews found Kaniya Kenly’s body about 40 yards off shore at about 11 p.m., after nearly five hours of searching.

At a news conference Wednesday morning at the park’s marina, Capt. Brian Rathgeb of the Maryland Natural Resources Police said the agency got a call about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a potential drowning. At some point, he said, four children were left alone by the beach.

The children, ages 11 to 15 years old, went into an area marked “no swimming,” Rathgeb said. It’s an area reserved for fishing, he said.

Kaniya was overcome by the force of the current, while the other children made it to safety, he said.

See Baltimore Sun

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