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4 Swimmers Rescued From Potomac River

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Rescue crews were called to another water rescue on the Potomac River, but this time all swimmers were accounted for.

Just before 1 p.m. Monday, crews were called to the Carderock Recreation area for a report of several swimmers in distress, according to Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer.

A rescue helicopter located all four swimmers, who were able to climb on some rocks nearby for safety. A man and woman were rescued just after 1 p.m., but two other swimmers were still missing at the time.

Shortly after, the other two swimmers were found stranded on rocks on the Maryland shoreline. Around 1:15 p.m., officials said all swimmers were accounted for and evaluated by EMS crews.

On Friday, a kayaker was thought to be missing by rescue crews after reports of a man in distress while kayaking on the Potomac River in the Great Falls area. Officials found an abandoned kayak and paddles in the river about an hour later, prompting a massive search for the man.

On Sunday, he was found alive and well at home in Reston, Virginia. Officials say he was “oblivious” to the search for him.

Kayakers and swimmers in the area told WNEW’s Cameron Thompson that the Potomac River is a “hypersensitive” area when it comes to emergencies on the water.

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