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Boy, mother rescued from Potomac River

July 19, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A boy who injured himself Monday afternoon while tubing on the Potomac River had to be rescued from a rock, according to Chief Ed Smith of the Independent Volunteer Fire Department.

The 8-year-old boy had an injured ankle with a small laceration. Smith said he is not sure how the boy sustained the injury. He did not have the boy's age or hometown.

The boy and his mother, who was not injured, both were on the rock, Smith said.

Smith and others aboard a rescue boat put in at what is known as "the point" in Harpers Ferry to pick up both people. The boy and his mother were then taken back upriver to a waiting ambulance, Smith said.

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A Maryland State Police helicopter flew overhead and pointed out the location of the rock to rescue officials in the boat, Smith said.

He said the rock, which was about 600 yards downriver from Harpers Ferry and about 150 feet off shore, was surrounded by swift-moving water.

The pair were tubing on their own; they were not part of a river rafting company, Smith said.

Officials with Harpers Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, Citizens Volunteer Fire Department and from Loudoun County, Va., assisted, Smith said.

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