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Body of Boater Missing Near Bay Bridge Found

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Crews searched the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge since Sunday, looking for the body of a missing boater. (Photo: Maryland Natural Resource Police) Crews searched the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge since Sunday, looking for the body of a missing boater. (Photo: Maryland Natural Resource Police)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC) - A body of a man who was missing since his sailboat sank in the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday was found Wednesday morning, according to Maryland Natural Resource Police.

Candy Thompson, a spokeswoman for Md NRP says the body was positively identified and the next of kin has been notified. Thompson says the body was sent to the Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Officials say 46-year-old Adrian Perez was the only one who was not rescued after his 17-foot sailboat sank near the Bay Bridge. Thompson says another "Good Samaritan" boater pulled one man and four children from the water on Sunday, but couldn't save Perez. Anne Arundel Fire and Rescue said a man fitting Perez's description was seen swimming in the bay, but he was pulled under the water.

The boat sunk stern first, with survivors adding that there was "no time to put on life jackets", according to officials. Survivors told officials that they were having engine problems. In addition to potential engine problems, wind may have been a factor as well. A wind advisory was in place at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

The Coast Guard, Anne Arundel Fire and Rescue, and Maryland State Police assisted the Maryland Natural Resources Police in the search. Thompson said they searched under the Bay Bridge using a grid pattern, crossing off each grid square as they passed it. Thompson did not specifically say where the body was found Wednesday morning.

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