Md. Natural Resources Police recover bodies of two men in bay, Potomac

August 14, 2002

Maryland Natural Resources Police have recovered the body of a man who was reported missing after his boat capsized Saturday near the Bay Bridge.

James Thomas, 44, of the 5600 block of Whitby Road in Baltimore was boating with four family members in a 16-foot runabout when the vessel began sinking late Saturday.

The others aboard -- including three children ages 8, 11 and 12 -- made it to shore safely early Sunday, police said.

Early yesterday, an angler spotted a body in the Chesapeake Bay, west of Love Point. Police recovered it and confirmed Thomas' identity yesterday afternoon.

Police also recovered the body of Charles County resident Christopher Mantier Gaines, 38, yesterday morning near Mathias Point in Virginia. The Nanjemoy resident had been swimming Sunday afternoon in the Potomac River between Nanjemoy Creek and Maryland Point when he went under several yards from shore, police said.

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