Father & Son Swimming off Boat Drown in Potomac River

Tragedy struck a household swimming off an anchored boat Monday afternoon on the Potomac River after they started to float away from the boat. Ultimately, a father and his 10-year-old son would each lose their lives within the water.

Maryland Pure Sources Police (NRP) say it occurred simply earlier than 5 pm Monday simply off Swan Level in Charles County. The 23-foot Sea Ray bowrider was anchored with a household of 5 on board. Elias Isai Sandoval Pimentel, 43, of Entrance Royal, Va. was on the boat together with his spouse and three youngsters—a 12-year-old woman, 10-year-old boy, and a toddler-aged youngster.

The 2 youngsters have been swimming off the boat when each of them started to wrestle within the water, NRP says. Pimentel jumped in to attempt to assist his youngsters, however he and his son each disappeared into the water and didn’t resurface.

The household’s 12-year-old daughter, who was barely afloat, survived because of a pair of passing jetskiers.

Bay Bulletin spoke solely to the jetskiing eyewitnesses, who’re skilled boat captains and instructors with our sister firm, the Annapolis Faculty of Seamanship.

Capt. Kelli Gutierrez and Capt. Jenifer Fritz, who each reside within the Swan Level space, have been out jetskiing collectively when the girl aboard the Sea Ray obtained Fritz’s consideration from her, yelling and stomping. Fritz, sensing one thing was off, headed in the direction of the boat.

In the meantime, removed from the boat, Gutierrez stumbled upon the 12-year-old woman along with her face barely above water. Gutierrez pulled her onto the jetski. The woman had ingested a great deal of water. “She mentioned her little brother her was holding onto her however he let go her and she will’t discover him,” Gutierrez says. The woman was later taken again to shore and handled for non-life-threatening accidents.

Again on the boat, the mom and toddler remained on board. Fritz rapidly discovered Pimentel and his son have been nonetheless lacking within the water.

The captains inform us the boat’s small, mushroom anchor was dragging and the boat was drifting additional and additional away—a couple of half-mile from the place she rescued the 12-year-old. The jetskiers stored trying within the water for the 2 lacking swimmers as they waited for emergency crews to reach.

“We stored going backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards frantically trying. After which I went again to the mom and I mentioned, ‘We obtained to get your anchor down. You are going too far-off,” Fritz remembers. One other boat arrived and was capable of get the Sea Ray secured.

They seemed for the victims lacking within the water and alongside the shoreline, in case they’d develop into caught up in a department. “We have been undoubtedly shedding hope after about 10 minutes,” Fritz says.

A significant search effort was launched to seek out the lacking father and son, which included NRP, the Coast Guard, Cobb Island Volunteer Hearth/EMS, Charles County Dive and Rescue, Newburg Volunteer Hearth, Bel Alton Volunteer Hearth and EMS, Hughesville Volunteer EMS, Charles County Division of Emergency Companies, Seventh District Hearth Firm, Calvert County Dive Crew, and the Naval District Washington Hearth/EMS.

Sadly, the Charles County Dive Crew recovered the boy’s physique from the water round 10:45 pm Monday. Search efforts continued by the evening and Pimentel’s physique was additionally discovered at 11 am Tuesday.

The Maryland Pure Sources Police are investigating the case.

-Meg Walburn Viviano & Cheryl Costello

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