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Man drowned while docking sailboat

A man who drowned last night at a Woodbridge marina was trying to tie his sailboat to the dock.

Police said the unidentified 52-year-old man fell from the marina into the Occoquan River at 9:18 p.m., at the Belmont Bay marina at 530 Harbor Side Street.

A resident who was walking in the area then jumped into the river to help the man, but found him trapped underneath the boat, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police will release the victim’s name after they notify his next of kin, said Perok.

His death is being investigated as an accident.

Fire and rescue crews were called to the scene just about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. They pulled the man out the water and started CPR, but were unable to save the man’s life, according to initial reports from the scene.

*This story originally appeared on on Friday June 18, 2010.

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