Police find body of man who tried to swim across Potomac River

The body of a man who went missing Sunday after apparently trying to swim across the Potomac River was found Tuesday morning near Fletcher’s Boathouse in Northwest D.C.

DC Fire & EMS said multiple witnesses saw someone trying to swim across the river from the Virginia side Sunday afternoon. They saw the swimmer go under the water without resurfacing.

A Maryland State Police helicopter, D.C. police harbor units, Arlington fireboats and the Coast Guard helped with the search.

D.C. police said they recovered the body around 8:30 a.m. They have not released the name of the man, pending notification of next of kin.

Anna Gawel

Anna Gawel joined WTOP in 2020 and works in both the radio and digital departments. Anna Gawel has spent much of her career as the managing editor of The Washington Diplomat, which has been the flagship publication of D.C.’s diplomatic community for over 25 years.

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