From left to right, Douglas and Daniel Brown, and Farrah Wallace. Photo courtesy of Farrah Wallace.
Lusby, MD – Friends and family of the two men who lost their lives Friday, July 24 while swimming in the Chesapeake Bay are remembering the brothers as two extroverts who were fulfilling personal goals.
Daniel Jason Brown, 37 of Lusby and Douglas Howell Brown, 39 of Mechanicsville were swimming off Cove Point Beach during the early evening. According to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, the two brothers and a male juvenile, Daniel Brown’s son, “entered deep water and became tired from swimming against the tide.” Police investigators spoke with witnesses “who observed the three swimmers in visible distress,” a sheriff’s office press release stated. “Witnesses saw both Daniel Brown and Douglas Brown disappear beneath the surface of the water.”
An intense search by several agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and local fire and rescue, failed to locate the brothers.
The search was suspended Saturday morning, July 25 around 9 a.m.
Later that day, Daniel Brown’s body was discovered by recreational boaters not far from the area where the two brothers were last seen alive. A charter fishing boat captain located Douglas Brown’s remains in the bay east of Breezy Point Marina.
“It’s hard to convey how full of life he was,” said Farrah Wallace, Daniel Brown’s fiancé. “He was always happy and joking around.” She said Daniel and Douglas were “a team. They would always bring people into their circle. Daniel could talk to anyone.”
Farrah Wallace and Daniel Brown had been a couple for six-and-a-half years. She said his move to Cove Point Beach energized him and was a place he loved. “He would go to the beach all the time,” she said.
Douglas Brown’s life had also reached a high point, as he had opened a restaurant in Washington, DC.
“Both of them had found a place where they were happy,” said Wallace.
As word of the brothers’ tragic deaths spread throughout the community, Wallace told The BayNet she has been receiving messages from many people Daniel Brown had aided. The most poignant account was that from a woman whose family had been in the process of losing its home. Wallace said Daniel paid the family’s hotel expenses for a week and signed them up for help from a local charity at Christmas. “He was a very giving person,” said Wallace. “He would help in any way he could.”
Wallace said family members are trying their best to cope with the tragedy and the fact that the bodies of both brothers have now been recovered brings family and friends “a little more peace.”
Wallace added the biggest void might be the amazing relationship Daniel Brown had with her two daughters. “They loved him so much,” she said. “It’s so quiet with him gone.”
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