By MARLO BARNHART
and STEVEN T. DENNIS
BIG SPRING - A boater who ignored warnings about the danger of high water in the Potomac River Saturday afternoon narrowly avoided being swept over Dam No. 5, according to Washington County Fire and Rescue dispatchers.
The unidentified man put his boat into the rain-swollen river shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday and immediately got into trouble.
The men who warned him not to launch the boat called 911 and reported that the boat's motor had apparently failed and the boat was being swept toward the dam.
Clear Spring and Williamsport rescuers were racing toward the Potomac River when dispatchers radioed at 1:07 p.m. that the man had managed to get himself and his boat safely to the West Virginia side of the river.