Tragedy struck a family swimming off an anchored boat Monday afternoon on the Potomac River when they began to drift away from the boat. In the end, a father and his 10-year-old son would both lose their lives in the water.
Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) say it happened just before 5 p.m. Monday just off Swan Point in Charles County. A 23-foot Sea Ray bowrider was anchored with a family of five on board. Elias Isai Sandoval Pimentel, 43, of Front Royal, Va. was on the boat with his wife and three children—a 12-year-old girl, 10-year-old boy, and a toddler-aged child.
The two older children were swimming off the boat when both of them began to struggle in the water, NRP says. Pimentel jumped in to try to help his children, but he and his son both disappeared into the water and didn’t resurface.
The family’s 12-year-old daughter, who was barely afloat, survived thanks to a pair of passing jetskiers.
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