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Md. rescuers fear boater is dead

A 36-year-old old man who was aboard a boat that sank in the Potomac River Tuesday night is probably dead, rescue workers said this morning.

"He is presumed drowned," said Sgt. Art Windemuth, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

He identified the missing man as Daniel Ray Myers, of King George, Va. Rescue workers believe he was not wearing a life jacket, Windemuth said.

Rescuers in boats and at least one helicopter continued to search the area, off the coast of Charles County south of Washington, on Wednesday. Dive teams are on standby, Windemuth said.

He described the boat as a steel, home-made vessel about 20-feet long, propelled by a 150 hp outboard motor. Two men had been testing a piece of pile-driving equipment and were trying to cross from Maryland to Virginia. After the boat took on water, one of the men swam to the Virginia side and summoned help.

Windemuth identified him as Glenn Martin Dawson, 52, also of King George.

He also was not wearing a life jacket, Windemuth said.

Of the state's 17 boating fatalities last year, 16 of the victims were not wearing life jackets, Windemuth added.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  June 30, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  Charles , Dan Morse , Emergencies & Rescues  
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