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Posted at 3:02 PM ET, 08/ 1/2010

Body of kayaker found in Potomac River

By Washington Post Editors

Updated, 3:02 p.m.

Fairfax County police found the body of a 46-year-old Maryland boater at the bottom of a Potomac River inlet on Sunday morning, a day after the man was reported missing.

Kenneth Huggins, of Suitland, had been kayaking about one mile south of the Belle Haven Marina on Saturday morning when his kayak apparently tipped over, police said. Huggins’s 19-year-old nephew, who was in a separate kayak, was able to reach shore safely, but an eight-hour search Saturday could not locate Huggins.

Officer Bud Walker, a Fairfax County police spokesman, said divers found Huggins’s body at about 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, very close to the area where his boat capsized. Five search and rescue divers, operating in zero visibility, began feeling the river bottom shortly after dawn. They were aided by boats using sidescan sonar.

The search immediately transitioned into a death investigation once the body was found.

“It appears to be a boating accident, but we need to look into all possibilities,” Walker said.

It was unclear Sunday what caused the kayak to overturn.

--Josh White and Martin Weil


Updated, 10:17 p.m.

A 46-year-old man was missing near the Potomac River shoreline Saturday night after his kayak apparently tipped over, Fairfax County police.

The man and a nephew, 19, were in separate kayaks in an inlet off the Potomac, about one mile south of the Belle Haven Marina when the incident occurred about 11:45 a.m., said Officer Bud Walker, a county police spokesman.

The nephew reached the shore safely, but the older man could not be found after more than eight hours of searching, Walker said.

He said the search would resume Sunday.

It was not known Saturday night why the kayaks tipped over.

--Martin Weil

By Washington Post Editors  | August 1, 2010; 3:02 PM ET
 
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Comments

The only thing that should ever go into the Potomac is the murder weapon.

Posted by: blasmaic | August 1, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Very sad. Poor kayakers just doing what they love.

Posted by: brandip_77 | August 1, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

It was not known Saturday night why the kayaks tipped over?

Try GRAVITY!

Posted by: MarriedMann | August 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I've paddled out of Belle Haven many times. It's a lovely and fairly safe place, but safety cannot be taken for granted. Was this man or his nephew wearing a PFD?

Posted by: jthaddeus | August 2, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

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