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Roses were strewn along the beach for the two Ocean City police officers who died in a plane crash.
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Roses were strewn along the beach for the two Ocean City police officers who died in a plane crash.

Maryland State Police officials have recovered two bodies from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ocean City, Md., on Sunday. It's been confirmed that both victims were members of Ocean City Police Department.

The bodies of 43-year-old Thomas J. Geoghegan Jr. and 27-year-old Joshua D. Adickes were recovered by dive teams earlier this afternoon about a half mile off the coast of Ocean City near 130th Street.

A little before 4 p.m. on Sunday, eyewitnesses say they saw the plane spiral out of control after hearing the engine fail, and it crashed into the ocean. Lifeguards reportedly sprang from their chairs to swim to the crash site, and a local tourist boat sped over to mark the spot until the Coast Guard and other rescue teams arrived.

The plane belonged to the pilot Geoghegan, who was a long-time detective with the Ocean City Police Department.

Adickes, who was the lone passenger in the two-seater Nanchange CJ-6A, was an officer first class in the OCPD. He was in the early stages of his career.

Divers worked through rough seas and severely limited visibility and called off the search for the day, but they will resume tomorrow with hopes of bringing the wreckage to the surface.

The bodies are currently at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Ocean City, but they will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies.

The shoreline near the crash site is scattered with bundles of roses as now this small beach community will try to make recover from the tragic loss of two of its dedicated police officers.

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