Third body found

June 12, 2000

Rescuer workers Monday found the second drowning victim from an accident Friday in which a boat carrying three people overturned on the Potomac River.

Divers found the body of Jeffrey Lee Snow, 30, of Forestville, Md., at 8:40 a.m., about a quarter-mile downstream from where the boat capsized Friday off the Washington County shoreline, said Maryland Department of Natural Resources spokesman John Surrick.

Snow's body was floating one-half mile north of the boat ramp at Dargan's Bend, Surrick said.

The body of Ervin Ray Barnes, 27, of Mount Airy, Md., was pulled from the river around 11 a.m. Saturday, a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said.

DNR officers said Barnes' body was pulled from 8 feet of water about 400 yards downstream from where the boat overturned. His body had gotten tangled in the rescue boat's anchor and was discovered when crew members raised it.


Dale Ewell Frank, 32, of 203 Sycamore Road, Mount Airy, survived.

None of the three aboard the boat knew how to swim and none was wearing a life preserver, police said.

The fatalities were the seventh and eighth boating accidents in Maryland this year, equaling last year's total of statewide boating-related fatalities, according to Natural Resource Police statistics.

An accident on the Susquehanna River Monday was the state's ninth boating fatality this year. That incident near Port Deposit also involved a capsized boat, Surrick said.

Friday's boating-related fatalities were the first on the Potomac River this year, Surrick said.

There were no Potomac River boating-related fatalities in 1999, one in 1998 in Great Falls, and one in 1997 near Dam No. 4 south of Downsville in Washington County.

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