Body of kayaker found in Potomac River
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.
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