5 Rescued from Potomac River
– July 7, 2012 9:00 am
FIRST ON POTOMACLOCAL.COM
KING GEORGE, Va. – Rescue crews pulled five people from the Potomac River early Saturday.
A boat with five onboard stalled in the middle of the Potomac River just after midnight. Three of the five occupants onboard decided to swim to shore to get help, but about 1,000 yards from the shoreline the swimmers determined they couldn’t make it to shore and 911 was called, said Prince William fire and rescue Battalion Chief Curtis Brodie.
Initially, the callers reported he was near Tims Rivershore restaurant in Dumfries. Rescue crews from Prince William County, Charles County, Md., and a police helicopter from Fairfax County, were dispatched to the area near Tims Rivershore.
But the caller soon determined his boat stalled near Tims II – Tim Rivershore restaurant’s second location in King George County.
“Once we got the word, the helicopters and rescue crews immediately diverted to Tims II where we found the boat,” said Brodie.
Rescue crews pulled three from the water and two from the boat. No one was injured.
Boating is popular on the Potomac River, but if a boat stalls out it’s important to use a map to determine your exact location, remain on the boat, and then use a cell phone to call for help.
“If your ship is not sinking, and it’s not a life-or-death situation, remain on the boat and call for help. They may send a tow boat to come rescue you,” said Brodie.