Local fire departments see increase in drownings, distress swimmer calls by the Potomac River


An increase in drownings in the Potomac River has led local fire departments to remind swimmers that it is not only dangerous but illegal to swim in certain areas.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said with pools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are going to the river for a swim. However, the department reports two drownings have happened recently.

“The river, although it appears to be calm, can be very treacherous, it’s very deceiving,” Maggiolo said.

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