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Bodies of 10-Year-Old-Boy, Father Found After Going Missing In Potomac River

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. — The body of a 10-year-old boy and his father who went missing in the Potomac River Monday were found, according to Maryland Natural Resource Police.

Maryland Natural Resources Police officers were called the Potomac River at Swan Point in Charles County just 5 p.m. for a report of the missing swimmers.

On Monday, Elias Isai Sandoval Pimentel, 43, from Front Royal, Va., his wife, and three children had anchored their 23-foot bowrider on the Potomac River when two of their children, ages 10 and 12 years old, were swimming and began to struggle in the water. Police said their father, Mr. Pimentel entered the water and tried to help the children when he and the 10-year-old son disappeared in the water and did not resurface.

The 12-year-old child was recovered from the water and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

According to authorities, crews searched for the pair in the water and suspended their efforts overnight until daybreak.

Police said the Charles County Dive Team located the body of the 10-year-old son just before 11 p.m. Monday and search efforts continued throughout the night before they found his father, Mr. Pimentel at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Several agencies, including the Coast Guard and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, assisted in the search.


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