Suspected Drowning Victim Discovered Off Chatham

USA, Massachusetts, Chatham, Boat in bay

Chatham Police responded Monday afternoon for a report of a body floating near North Beach.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe’s office confirms that the body of David Murdoch, 78, was pulled from the water. His unattended skiff was found nearby.

The D.A.’s office says that Chatham Police, along with State and Environmental police are investigating the death, but at this time it appears the cause was accidental drowning and foul play is not suspected.

Murdoch was a well-respected member of the Chatham’s maritime community and a fixture around the waterfront.

He owned Chatham Water Tours, a charter service providing sightseeing tours and seal watching trips around the harbor and Pleasant Bay.

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