Family, friends and the Ocean City community are remembering the two Ocean City Police officers who died when their plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.
The victims were identified Monday as Thomas Geoghegan Jr., 43, of Ocean City and Joshua Adickes, 27.
The Sailsbury Daily Times says that Geoghegan lived in Ocean City but was a native of Annapolis. Adickes, a Long Valley, N.J. native, resided in Berlin.
Maryland State Police say the plane went down Sunday afternoon a half mile offshore at 133rd Street. Police spokesman Greg Shipley says divers recovered the bodies from the plane, which was 30 feet below the surface and a quarter mile from the shore.
“I just looked up and saw the plane coming down twirling down just hit the water it was unbelievable,” says Carmen Brosnihan.
Geoghegan owned the plane and is believed to have been piloting it at the time of the crash.
Mayor Rick Meehan says witnesses told police that the aircraft spun out of control before crashing.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the single-engine CJ-6A took off from Ocean City Municipal Airport.
“It was really hard to believe what we were seeing because it just didn't seem real,” says Amy Thierer, who witnessed the crash.
WBOC reports that the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash, but added this type of plane was not required to carry a flight data recorder.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.