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Deflated raft brings rescuers to Potomac River

March 13, 2012

SANDY HOOK — Emergency crews responded to a report of a possibly overturned canoe in the Potomac River near Sandy Hook Tuesday afternoon, but it turned out to just be a deflated raft, a Washington County emergency dispatcher said.

The incident happened near the U.S. 340 overpass that crosses the river into West Virginia, the dispatcher said.

While on the call, crews spotted several individuals standing on a rock nearby, and one female was suffering from an asthma attack, the dispatcher said.

The female did not need additional medical attention and was not transported to the hospital, the dispatcher said.

The Potomac Valley Fire Co. of Sharpsburg responded to the incident, but no one at the station Tuesday night had further information.

— C.J. Lovelace

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