Potomac River

September 14, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Teen Rescued from Drowning While Swimming Across Potomac River

A 17-year-old male was rescued Sunday evening while trying to swim the Potomac River. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer explained the situation and near-drowning. He said around 6:15 p.m. MCFRS received a call about a person in the river. Once rescue services arrived the teenager was already brought to […]

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July 22, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

UPDATE: Police Asking for Help Identifying Body Found in Potomac

Update (5 p.m.): Montgomery County Police released a statement in the afternoon of July 22 with a description of a body found in the Potomac River on the evening of July 21. According to the statement, the investigation has determined that: The body is believed to be a male of Indian or Pakistani descent in […]

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July 10, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Water Rescue Crews Doubling Efforts to Remind People About Dangers Of Potomac River

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Swift Water Rescue Crews are doubling community outreach and education efforts about hazardous conditions in the Potomac River. MCFRS Swift Water anglers launched two boats to engage the public with the Potomac River and area of Great Falls on Friday. They say they will continue outreach efforts through the […]

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June 23, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

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 […]

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June 2, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Man Who Dove Into Potomac Sunday Night is Presumed Drowned

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue is continuing its search for a man who jumped off a cliff and into the Potomac River on the Virginia side Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The missing swimmer is presumed drowned, according to Pete Piringer, chief spokesperson for MCFRS Tuesday morning and then again Tuesday afternoon, the county’s swift water […]

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April 6, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Nature Paints Picturesque Scenes in Poolesville

The Kenwood cherry blossoms have come and gone but there are still beautiful views in Montgomery County this time of year. Enjoy the photos below from the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area located on River Road near Poolesville, the National Park Service’s C&O Canal, and the Potomac River. MyMCMedia’s Carolyn Raskauskas gives you a glimpse of […]

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July 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Man’s Best Friends Help Save Owner Stuck in Mud

Things were not looking good for a man who was stuck in the mud at the edge of the Potomac River near Brookmont Dam at the C&O Canal on Monday. According to Pete Piringer, the spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue, the man was playing fetch with his two dogs about 50 yards away […]

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September 11, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

What Will Florence Do?

Montgomery County is already soaked after months of rain. What will happen when Hurricane Florence hits the U.S. coastline. Chokepoints on the Potomac already have plenty of debris. Will trees become uprooted, sending them crashing down the river? Or will the heavy rains flush out the trunks and branches?  

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June 4, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

High Waters Close White’s Ferry in Poolesville

The Potomac River, swollen after days of rain, was too dangerous for the White’s Ferry to carry commuters Monday across the waterway and the ferry was closed. With water coming from upstream, the river rushed past the White’s Ferry General Store. Debris, and sometimes whole trees, followed the racing current. Some of the ferry’s workers […]

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July 10, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

To Berliner, ‘Second Crossing’ Is A Bridge Too Far (VIDEO)

Council President Roger Berliner is asking his fellow County Council members to sign on to a resolution that spells out the county’s opposition a bridge across the Potomac River that would connect the Intercounty Connector to Virginia routes to Dulles Airport. The Transportation Planning Board, part of the multijurisdictional Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, will […]

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