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Mr. Durrin and three friends had been drinking when he decided to get into one of the ship’s lifeboats, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said. “He took the ax and was struggling to cut the ropes,” she said.

When a security officer tried to get him out of the raft, Mr. Durrin jumped into the water, she said.

Mr. Durrin fell about 35 feet into the water about 50 miles off the coast of Boca Raton. Crew aboard the Liberty threw life rings and jackets over the side. Coast Guard crews located him about an hour later.

He was being examined at a Miami hospital, according to a statement from the Miami-based cruise line. No additional details about his condition or whether he would be charged were available.

The Liberty had departed Sunday afternoon from Fort Lauderdale on a six-day voyage.


Anonymous call leads to body in trash can

Homicide detectives found a decomposing body in a trash bag in a garbage can behind an East Baltimore row house Sunday, Baltimore police said.

Detective Donny Moses said an anonymous call to police just before 7 p.m. Sunday reported a body in a trash can at a house in the 1500 block of Bond Street.

Police are treating the death as suspicious.


No criminal charges in toddler’s death

Baltimore police said they do not plan to file criminal charges against the drivers involved in a crash that led to the death of a 3-year-old boy, who was on his way to a nearby pool.

But Detective Donny Moses said Takia Freeman and Scott Gillard could be cited for traffic violations.

The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Lanvale Street and Fulton Avenue. Detective Moses said the cars crashed as one tried to make a U-turn.

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