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Bodies of missing father and son recovered from Potomac River

A 12-year-old was rescued from the water but Elias Pimentel and his son went under and did not resurface, officials say.

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. — The bodies of a 10-year-old child and his father have been recovered after the pair went missing while swimming near Swan Point, Maryland Monday evening. 

According to a release from the Maryland Natural Resource Police, 43-year-old Elias Isai Sandoval Pimentel was in his boat with his wife and three children on the Potomac River Monday evening. 

Two of the children, aged 10 and 12, were swimming nearby when they both began to struggle. Pimentel jumped into the water to help save his children. The 12-year-old was rescued from the water but Pimentel and his son went under and did not resurface, officials say. 

Officials located the body of the 10-year-old boy around 10:45 p.m. Pimentel's body was found at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 

Crews from Natural Resources Police, United States Coast Guard, Cobb Island Volunteer Fire/EMS, Charles County Dive and Rescue, Newburg Volunteer Fire, Bel Alton Volunteer Fire and EMS, Hughesville Volunteer EMS, Charles County Department of Emergency Services, Seventh District Fire Company, Calvert County Dive Team, and the Naval District Washington Fire/EMS to help search the area. 


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