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Rescue boats comb river in search for man

October 31, 2004

WILLIAMSPORT - Two rescue boats combed the Potomac River near here Friday night after West Virginia State Police said a man they were chasing jumped into the water, Washington County emergency workers said.

The man, last seen in the Sportsmen's Paradise area on the West Virginia side of the river, had not been found by Saturday afternoon, a Washington County 911 dispatcher said.

The call came in at 7 p.m. Friday, a 911 dispatcher said.

A trooper at the West Virginia State Police barracks in Martinsburg said Saturday he could not release any information.

Williamsport Deputy Fire Chief Robert Hoover said crews searched the river from River Bottom Park in town to the Potomac Fish & Game Club off Falling Waters Road. They also searched the Maryland riverbank while West Virginia State Police searched the West Virginia shore, he said.

Hoover said they called off their search Friday shortly after West Virginia State Police stopped searching. He said crews searched for more than three hours.

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Hoover said a Maryland State Police helicopter could not be used in the search because of rainy weather.

Emergency workers with the Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service and the county's Special Ops team also responded, a 911 dispatcher said.

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