GREAT FALLS, Va. (CBSDC) – The Great Falls of Maryland and Virginia offer scenic overlooks and mountainous terrain for hiking, but it’s the Potomac River that connects the two sides that has been recent cause for concern.
The National Park Service along with the police and fire departments are working to prevent accidental drownings in the Potomac River Gorge.
The Potomac Paddlers volunteer group warns of the unnoticed dangers of swimming in the river, especially with the summer swimsuit season kicking off.
“People die swimming in the Potomac River at medium and low water when you can’t see the danger,” says Paul Schaub. He went on to say that it’s not the boaters or kayakers at the greatest risk, but rather the people that just want to cool down by taking a dip in the river.
There’s also been a growing concern of cliff divers, especially in our youth. The neglected danger here is that often times they are wearing no protective covering on their heads or feet, leaving them prone to injury from the rocks, which can lead to drowning.
The National Park Service further advises that the best way to prevent anything from happening is to be careful and watch out for yourself.
WNEW’s Kevin Rincon spoke to one woman whose husband almost died canoeing in the river, and had to be rescued by a park service helicopter…