A 27-year-old Bear man died after drowning in the Mooring Basin in Chesapeake City, Md., Friday night, just hours before the city’s annual Canal Day was to be held.


    A 27-year-old Bear man died after drowning in the Mooring Basin in Chesapeake City, Md., Friday night, just hours before the city’s annual Canal Day was to be held.

    According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, Robert Vernon Baron of Bear fell into the water after jumping from a docking vessel onto a pier around 8:25 p.m.

    Two people from the vessel jumped into the water and could not locate the man.

    Divers from the Susquehanna Hose Company recovered Baron’s body at 10:15 p.m. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.

    The Maryland Natural Resources Police Special Operations Division is continuing the investigation into the accident.

    The basin, located off the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, is a popular docking spot for boaters during the weekend of Canal Day. The annual event draws boats from up and down the East Coast, and as far north as Boston.

    Canal Day continued as scheduled Saturday.

   Baron is Maryland’s tenth boating fatality of the year.