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Two West Virginia men are rescued from Potomac River

April 05, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

PLEASANTVILLE - Two West Virginia men were rescued Thursday afternoon after their powerboat lost power and they were stranded on rocks in the Potomac River near Lock 34, officials said.

When the boat lost power Robert Bush, 33, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Bobby Rutherford, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., abandoned the boat, said Marsha Starkey, spokeswoman for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

One man was rescued by Harpers Ferry Law Enforcement Rangers David Mayeski and John McCutcheons via boat at around 4 p.m. and the other was rescued via Maryland State Police helicopter, Starkey said.

The men did not require medical attention, officials said.

The men were not wearing life preservers until they were rescued, said Assistant Fire Chief Eric Gray with the Potomac Valley Fire Co.

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Harpers Ferry rangers towed the boat to shore, Starkey said.

The water was rough and the men were rescued just below Dam No. 3, Gray said.

Gray said people should not be out on the Potomac River, which was above normal depth Thursday.

"It was low a few weeks ago and we got the rain," Gray said. "People probably don't realize how high it came up."

C&O Canal National Historic Park rangers and Brunswick, Md., fire and ambulance officials also responded.

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