Potomac River

Man Dies After Jumping Into Potomac Near Fort Washington: Police

A good Samaritan on a nearby boat tried to rescue the man, police said

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A man died after he jumped into the Potomac River on Monday near Fort Washington, Maryland, authorities said. 

Jimmy Orlando Espinoza-Oviedo, of Oxon Hill, was pronounced dead, officials said in an update Thursday. He was 37.

Maryland Natural Resources Police responded to the river at about 6 p.m. on Memorial Day after a person was reported to have gone overboard, the department said. 

A man jumped from an anchor vessel into the water and then yelled for help, police said. 

Someone threw the man a life jacket, but he was unable to put it on and fell unconscious. 

A good Samaritan on a nearby boat was able to pull Espinoza-Oviedo out of the water and start CPR. Medics arrived soon afterward. 

“Unfortunately the male succumbed to his injuries and later passed away,” police said. 

A day earlier, a Prince George’s County man drowned near Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis while out boating with his family, police said.

Anyone getting into a body of water should wear a life vest, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminded. 

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.

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