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BALTIMORE, June 5, 2018— The Coast Guard suspended its search for a man in the Potomac River near the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Washington D.C., Monday night at 9 p.m.

The Coast Guard began working with D.C. Fire and EMS, Alexandria Fire Department, U.S. Park Police, D.C. Police Department, and D.C. Harbor Patrol late Monday morning to search a combined total area of approximately 108 square miles in the Potomac River, from Arlington, Virginia to Maryland Point, Maryland.

“We put a lot effort into this search before deciding to suspend it,” said Cmdr. Sara Wallace, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region. “The decision is always a difficult one to make. We would like to send our condolences to the family and everyone affected by this tragedy.”


BALTIMORE, June 4, 2018 — The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for a man in the Potomac River after a pontoon boat overturned near the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Washington, D.C., Monday.

Fire and EMS in the district contacted watchstanders at Sector Maryland-National Capital Region’s command center at 10:55 a.m. and notified them that the pontoon boat capsized with three people on board while doing construction work . One person is still missing, while the other two were recovered. The missing man was reported to be wearing a red life jacket.

Sector Maryland-National Capital Region issued an urgent marine information broadcast, launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Washington and a MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, to assist with the search alongside D.C. Fire and EMS, Alexandria Fire Department, U.S. Park Police, D.C. Police Department, and D.C. Harbor Patrol.

“We are hard at work alongside our partner agencies to locate this missing man,” said Lt. David Kent, command duty officer at Sector Maryland-National Capital Region.