Boy dies after falling from boat, being hit by propeller

Authorities in Maryland identified a 9-year-old New Jersey boy killed when he was hit by a boat's propeller on Wednesday.

Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson, speaking by telephone Thursday, identified the boy killed as Kaden Frederick of Howell.

Thomson said 17 people were on the rented pontoon boat in Sinepuxent Bay near Ocean City on Wednesday afternoon. She said Frederick was one of four people sitting with their legs dangling from the front of the boat as it moved, which is illegal in Maryland.

Frederick fell, the operator couldn't stop and the propeller hit the boy, Thomson said. Emergency crews couldn't resuscitate him.

Frederick was the 11th person killed while boating this year in Maryland, and one of three this week, Thomson said.