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One dead, 4 missing in capsizing

BALTIMORE -- A water taxi carrying about 25 passengers capsized yesterday in Baltimore's Inner Harbor during a fierce rain and wind storm, killing one woman and leaving four people missing, authorities said.

Twenty-one people were rescued, and six of them were taken to a nearby hospital after being pulled from the chilly water, said Baltimore fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright. An adult and a child were among the injured, he said.

Divers searched for the missing passengers after the accident, but fire officials later turned mission from rescue to recovery at about 7 p.m. The waters were choppy and winds up to 50 miles per hour blew through the harbor when the boat capsized at around 4 p.m., said National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Rogowski. Officials believe the pontoon boat quickly capsized as the storm bore down on it. Most of the passengers were taken to the shore by Naval reserve boats called to assist in the rescue. The water temperature at the time of the accident was 44 degrees.

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