Car plunges into Potomac; rescue crews recover one body

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WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) -- A person was found dead in a car submerged in the Potomac River off the George Washington Parkway near the Columbia Island Marina Sunday afternoon.

Photo: Kate Ryan/WTOP
Photo: Kate Ryan/WTOP

Rescue crews and divers from the Arlington County Fire Department and the D.C. Fire Department have found one body.

The operator of a D.C. Duck Tours boat called authorities around noon Sunday saying there was a car submerged in the water near the Humpback Bridge and Interstate 395 and that he could see the silhouette of a person.

Divers recovered the body around 1:30 p.m. The car was pulled from the water by 4 p.m.

Authorities are considering this as a suicide, but the investigation will continue.

"I started taking some photos of it as it was going down," witness John Gaile tells ABC7's news partner WTOP radio. "Within about a minute, it went 90 degrees and completely submerged. I did not see anybody come up."

Gaile tells WTOP that some people on a boat jumped into the water, but "couldn't find the car."

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