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Search to resume Monday for missing Gaithersburg man

May 17, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

SANDY HOOK -- Authorities searched the Potomac River Sunday from kayaks and a helicopter for a man presumed to have drowned after he fell in the river Saturday, a Maryland Natural Resources Police official said.

Although it is believed Daniel Figueroa drowned in the river while fishing Saturday, authorities tried various ways Sunday of finding the Gaithersburg, Md., man, including looking onto the river from high points, said Sgt. Brian Albert.

Conditions in the river were too treacherous Sunday to use divers, Albert said.

"We don't want to give up hope for the family," he said.

Figueroa, 37, was fishing with another person when they tried to swim to some rocks for a better fishing spot, Albert said.

The other person made it to the rocks, but Figueroa did not, Albert said.

The incident occurred at Lock 32, which is about 300 yards downstream from a footbridge crossing the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Albert said.

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National Capital Park Police officers using a helicopter searched the river Sunday and authorities looked onto the river from high points like a railroad bridge and other locations in West Virginia trying to find Figueroa, Albert said.

The search was called off about 8:15 p.m. Sunday and is expected to resume about 8 a.m. Monday, Albert said.

Figueroa had been to the area before to fish, and he was with family and friends Saturday when they decided to go fishing, according to Albert and Figueroa's nephew, Cesar Figueroa.

Figueroa was in fairly decent health and could swim, according to Albert and Cesar Figueroa.

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