DC Fire & EMS command post at the Potomac River water rescue. Photo: Elliot Goodman

Three Boaters Presumed Dead in Potomac River

Three bodies have been found in the Potomac River, more than a day after three men went into the water and did not resurface.

D.C. Fire and EMS says a distress call was made over VHF radio just after 5:30 Sunday evening near Capital Cove Marina and Bolling Air Force Base. D.C. Fire Public Information Officer Vito Maggiolo tells Bay Bulletin that other people on board the boat saw the three adult male victims go into the water.

An extensive search for the men included air, land and water searches by at least seven different agencies. After well over two hours of searching, crews transitioned to a recovery effort.

D.C. Metropolitan Police, who are investigating the case along with D.C. Fire, released fliers with descriptions of the three men on Monday:

By Tuesday evening, police announced that three bodies had been recovered in the river, and they were working to identify them in order to notify their loved ones.

The investigation continues as it’s still not clear what caused this tragedy.

-Meg Walburn Viviano