Illegal swimming on Potomac River leads to 16 people rescued over the weekend


Multiple water rescues were required this weekend in the greater D.C. area due to swimmers being stuck on the Potomac River. In all, 16 people had to be rescued between Saturday and Sunday.

Twelve people were rescued Saturday on the Potomac near Georgetown, while four people were rescued Sunday off the part of the river that runs through Montgomery County, Md.

One of the swimmers Sunday was evacuated from the area and taken to a hospital for injuries, according to a Montgomery County official.

Localities across the region — from Virginia to Maryland, and even the National Park Service — have warned residents in the DMV about being on waterways, especially the Potomac River.

It is illegal to wade and swim in the water of the Potomac River. Drowning deaths and rescues have been reported on waterways in and around the District.


potomac river photo

Photo by Brendan J Ross

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