Search Continues for Missing Swimmer on Potomac

Missing Swimmer

POTOMAC, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Officials say a 19-year-old man went missing while swimming in the Potomac River near Great Falls.

The search for the teen is expected to resume on Tuesday morning, a day after severe weather interrupted a search by Montgomery County, Fairfax County and National Park Service crews. Montgomery County fire department spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt says four swimmers went out, but only three managed to return.

Officials are treating the search as a recovery operation and are not hopeful they will discover the missing swimmer alive.

She says the teen went missing Monday afternoon near Purple Horse Beach, where the Billy Goat Trail crosses Bear Island. She says going in the water prohibited in that area because of strong currents.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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