2 dead after boat overturns in Potomac River

Sharperville Road – Accokeek, Md. Grisly acts occurred with shocking frequency on Sharperville Road at Mattawoman Creek. Countless bodies were dumped in the foggy wetlands underneath the bridge during the late 20th century. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — Maryland Natural Resources Police said they recovered two bodies of two men who went missing after their boat capsized in the Potomac River.

The incident occurred shortly before noon on Sunday, police said. Police announced they recovered one body a little before 4:30 p.m. They announced the discovered the second body shortly before 7 p.m.

The Associated Press reported that a tugboat crew saw the boat capsize Sunday about a mile south of Leesylvania State Park but could not locate the men by the time they got to the area.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Washington, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, and three area counties were searching the 47-degree water. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Atlantic City, New Jersey, also joined the search.

Police said the boat likely capsized in the choppy waters at the mouth of Mattawoman Creek.

WTOP’s Patrick Roth and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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