UPDATE: Names Released of Two Boaters who Died in Potomac River Boating Accident

April 15, 2018

UPDATE 4/16/2018: The Maryland Natural Resources Police have released the names of the two victims in yesterday’s boating accident.

  • Fermin Alvarado- age 45
  • Matias Alvarado-Arrue- age 31

They were brothers from Woodbridge, VA.

Their bodies have been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for autopsies.

4/15/2018: On Sunday, April 15, 2018, at approximately 12:05 p.m, rescue personnel responded to a boat overturned in the Potomac River near Buoy #46.

Two men are missing Sunday, after a tugboat crew saw the men’s boat capsize in the Potomac River, about a mile south of Leesylvania State Park in Virginia, and called 911.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Washington, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, Prince William County, Fairfax County and Charles County are searching the 47 degree Potomac waters for the men. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, is also joining the search.

The tug, Amberjack, was mooring nearby at Cockpit Point when they saw the two men enter the water, but could not locate them by the time they got to the area where the boat capsized.

It was reported that two subjects were in the water.

  • 1:57 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported, “Search on for 2 people missing on Potomac River at mouth of Mattawoman Creek (Charles Co.) after small boat overturned this afternoon”.
  • 4:18 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported, “One body recovered in boating accident on Potomac River. Search continues for second man”.
  • 6:04 p.m., emergency personnel from Charles County reported that the second body was recovered.

More information will be released as it becomes available.