Coast Guard suspends search for man missing in Potomac River

 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. 

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.