Water rescue crews save multiple swimmers from Potomac River in Montgomery County


MCFRS crews take precautionary measures to save lives, officials reminding visitors not to swim in certain parts of river

GREAT FALLS, Md. (WDVM) — Montgomery County officials are reminding visitors that swimming in certain parts of the Potomac River is illegal. Rescue crews responded to dozens of calls this past weekend.

WDVM reported two drowning deaths in the Potomac in the past few weeks. According to officials, crews responded to dozens of calls for assistance, including several near drownings recently. Officials say hundreds of people were spotted swimming in the river on Saturday and Sunday. Crews rescued 4 people and one was taken to the hospital for injuries. A new sign was recently put up near the river and it reads “swimming or wading is illegal.” The river is off limits in areas between Great Falls and the Southern Maryland/DC line.

“You have no idea where the rock taper off and drop off, and it can go from two feet deep to twenty feet deep in just one slip,” said Captain Eddie Russell, MCFRS Swift Water Rescue team leader.

There were also water rescues in D.C. and Loudoun County over the weekend.


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