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Coast Guard continues search for missing boater after 3 recovered

Posted: 11:08 AM, Nov 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-21 06:58:43-05
Missing boater on Potomac River
Missing boater on Potomac River

Coast guards are still looking for a missing boater after recovering three others Sunday morning.

Four men were returning from a local fishing tournament Saturday when they were met with inclement weather conditions.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region received several calls from family and friends of the men saying a 32-foot fishing vessel was taken out to sea and should have been back already.

As a result, Sector Maryland –NCR issued an urgent marine broadcast for the vessel and the men.

Several crews including, Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, and a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City, NC all assisted with recover efforts of the men.

Around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, the MH-60 Jayhawk crew located the overturned vessel southeast of White Point Beach with one person on top of the hull. The boater was transferred to Medstar St. Mary's Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Later around 8:50 a.m., a Coast Guard boat crew and other volunteers located unresponsive two boaters. Those men were pronounced dead. 

Search efforts still continue for the other missing boater.