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St. Mary's hunter found dead in Potomac River

December 16, 2011

By John Wharton, SomdNews.com

Boat capsized, companion rescued

Maryland Natural Resources Police and Charles County divers found the body of a missing duck hunter from Mechanicsville at midday Friday in the Potomac River, the day after a boat he was in capsized and fire and rescue volunteers rescued his companion.

The body of 30-year-old Charles F. Burroughs was recovered not far from where the boat overturned offshore from Indian Head in Charles County, according to natural resources police.

Burroughs and Nicholas Beall, 24, of Charlotte Hall were duck hunting Thursday near Mason’s Neck Refuge and were returning to Fort Smallwood State Park at dusk when they encountered strong winds and choppy waters that sank the boat. They called 911, and Beall was rescued as he swam toward shore. A search for Burroughs continued through the night until the divers located him at about 12:30 p.m. Friday, using side-scan sonar equipment.

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