Two bodies recovered in Charles Co. boating accident

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CHARLES COUNTY, Md. -- Sunday, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said they received a call at 12:12 in the afternoon of two men who had gone missing while out on the Potomac River.

According to police, the two men went missing after their 15-foot bass boat capsized near on the Potomac River near the Mouth of Mattawoman Creek.

Joe Zombek happened to be out bass fishing “while the search was underway. He said, "Actually with gale force winds and small craft advisories, it’s a pretty common occurrence down here.”

Police say it’s not clear if the two men were fishing at the time their boat overturned.
They said the first victim was found about four hours after the call came in.
The second man was found shortly after 7pm.

The accident is still under investigation, but Zombek said that the waters can be challenging, even for experienced people.

“The conditions can turn real quick here on the Potomac. When you have 15-20 mile winds against the currant or tide, it builds big waves and very hard to handle a boat.”, said Zombek.

Both bodies have been taken to the medical examiner. Police have not yet identified the victims.

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