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Kayakers OK, Potomac river rescue called off

May 19, 2011

SANDY HOOK, Md. — A search for someone who might have been in danger in the Potomac River was called off Thursday afternoon when a group of kayakers was found to be OK, a Washington County emergency dispatcher said.

A report came in at about 3:30 p.m. that someone might have been stranded in a kayak or small raft in the river near Sandy Hook Road.

Emergency crews used rescue boats to search the river where it meets the Shenandoah River, near Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

However, shortly after 5 p.m., the rescue effort ended when everyone that was part of a group of kayakers was accounted for.

A dispatcher said the kayakers had been in the water earlier and someone reported that someone might have been in danger, but the concern turned out to be unfounded.

A National Weather Service flood warning was in effect for the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry on Thursday afternoon following heavy rains this week.

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