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Owner of Ocean City pontoon company charged in boy’s death

Ocean City

A sign welcomes visitors to Ocean City, Maryland. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

OCEAN CITY — The owner of an Ocean City pontoon rental company has been charged in connection with the death of a 9-year-old boy who died after falling off a rented vessel.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson tells The Daily Times of Salisbury ( ) that a criminal summons was issued Tuesday. It charges 33-year-old Tyler Barnes with negligent operation of a vessel, failure to have required safety equipment on board, and other offenses.

Thomson says on Aug. 18, Kaden Frederick of Howell, New Jersey, and his family rented a pontoon from Ocean City Watersports. Kaden fell into the water into Sinepuxent Bay and was hit several times by the vessel’s propeller.

Thomson says Kaden was not wearing a life jacket.

Online court records do not list a lawyer for Barnes.