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Body Of Man Who Fell From Boston Harbor Cruise Recovered

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Authorities say they have recovered the body of a 21-year-old man who fell overboard from a cruise in Boston Harbor.

The Plymouth County District Attorney's office says Aaron Dibella, of Peabody, fell overboard near Peddocks Island in Hull on Saturday night during a cruise on the Provincetown II ship.

Divers found the body around 1 a.m. Sunday in the Fore River channel in Weymouth, the district attorney's office said.

Authorities say they are investigating how Dibella fell into the water. They say a security guard from the cruise ship went into the water to try to save the man, but couldn't reach him.

State Police say Dibella then went underwater and didn't surface again. The security guard was able to get out of the water.

The cruise company said in a statement released Sunday that Dibella was "engaging in horseplay" before he went overboard.

"Minutes before the passenger fell from the vessel, while he engaged in a type of vertical push up from the bulwark of the vessel, a crew member had approached him and told him to climb down from having been sitting atop that same bulwark,"Bay State Cruise Company said in the statement. "Although the passenger initially appropriately responded to the warning of the crew member and climbed back down onto the deck, when the crew member turned to
go back into the interior of the vessel, the passenger started in on the even more dramatic form of dangerous play."

Company owner Michael Glasfield also expressed "tragic and overwhelming sadness" in the statement.

“The ache we feel for his loved ones, for the gentleman himself, is beyond description," Glasfield said. "We are all unable to communicate the depth of the sorrow we feel over the incident”.

Dibella's body has been taken to the Medical Examiner.

With reporting from Paul Connearney and The Associated Press

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