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Two men rescued from Potomac near Hancock

June 12, 2011

HANCOCK — Two men were rescued from the Potomac River near Hancock around 9 a.m. Sunday after their boat capsized, Hancock Fire Chief Greg Yost said.

Some boats had passed the men’s 10- to 12-foot-long flat-bottomed boat, and the wake filled their boat with water and capsized it, Yost said.

Both men were wearing children’s-sized life jackets, which were inadequate for the men’s sizes, Yost said. One man could swim and one could not. Yost said the men were a little shaken up, but OK.

In addition to Hancock Volunteer Fire Co., Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Berkeley Springs, W.Va., rescue squad responded, Yost said.

The Hancock fire department’s rescue squad has been out of commission for about two weeks after the generator that operates the extrication tools blew, Yost said. A new generator is expected to arrive this week.

During the past two weeks, rescue squads from nearby stations, such as Clear Spring, Berkeley Springs and Little Orleans, Md., have assisted Hancock on calls, Yost said. Hancock still has two ambulances, he said.

— Julie E. Greene

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