Recent Drownings, Near-Drownings Reminders of the Dangers of the Potomac River

In just the past couple of weeks, there have been four drownings in and around the Potomac River. Two of them happened in the DC area near Chain Bridge, and two happened in Montgomery County. There have also been several near-drownings according to officials from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Pete Piringer, MCFRS spokesperson, says there have been times when water rescue crews responded to incidents, and they’ve observed hundreds of people on the Potomac River shoreline swimming and jumping into the water. Recently, MCFRS launched efforts to educate residents on the dangers of swimming in the Potomac River while reminding people that it is illegal.

Piringer added that rescue crews have had to respond to 20-30 incidents recently, not only in the Potomac River, but also on the Billy Goat Trail. He spoke with MyMCMedia about the fact that people are clearly not getting the message.



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