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    Body of man who fell off boat recovered near Bird Island

    A dead body was recovered near Bird Island off the coast of Marion Sunday after the person allegedly fell off a boat, officials said.

    The US Coast Guard received a distress call for a person around 2 p.m. Sunday, said Ross Ruddell, a Coast Guard spokesmen.

    Rescue crews searched for the missing person by boat and by helicopter, Ruddell said. The body was recovered by 4:30 p.m.


    The victim’s age and gender were not released. It also was unclear if there was anyone else on the boat, Ruddell said.

    No further information was immediately available Sunday afternoon.

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