August 4, 2012
Two people who were reported stranded on an island in the Potomac River on Saturday night were rescued and not injured, a Washington County 911 dispatch supervisor said. The two people were near Lock 34, which is close to Harpers Ferry Road in the southern tip of Washington County. It was not known what they were doing in or near the water. A call for help came in to the 911 center at about 8:15 p.m. Crews responded and rescued the two people shortly before 9:30 p.m., according to the dispatch supervisor.
July 28, 2008
A sunny summer Sunday drew people to the Potomac River for a variety of activities.
April 16, 1999
Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Monday because of hazardous water levels, Maryland Natural Resources Police said. Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland, Md., through Washington County due to recent rainfall, a Natural Resources Police news release said. The warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or to teams of experienced white-water paddlers.
May 6, 2013
The body of a 54-year-old Frederick, Md., man was pulled from the Potomac River at Point of Rocks State Park on Sunday, according to a Maryland State Police news release. Police found a suicide note in the man's home, state police said. The body was taken to the chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore to determine the cause and manner of death. A bicyclist reported seeing the body in the water along the river bank around 4 p.m. Sunday, police said. Carroll Manor Fire Co. firefighters recovered the body, which was in a cove along the river.
February 10, 2013
A legal wrangle over where Maryland ends and Virginia begins is continuing, despite a Washington County circuit judge's recent ruling that Maryland's border ends at the water's edge on the south side of the Potomac River. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. granted a motion by river-ride operators River & Trail Outfitters Inc. of Knoxville, Md., and River Riders Inc. of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., to dismiss a lawsuit by Potomac Shores Inc., which owns a section of the river bottom. In its suit, Potomac Shores claimed that river-rafting operators were using land on the Virginia shore that was within the boundary of Maryland, due to changes in the river's level and course over the years.
June 17, 2012
Four people were pulled out of the Potomac River near U.S. 340 and Keep Tryst Road on Saturday night, according to Washington County Emergency Services. All four, one adult male and three female teenagers, refused transport to the hospital, Potomac Valley Fire Chief Eric Gray said. The foursome was tubing on the river around 11 p.m., Gray said. Also responding were emergency services officials from the Boonsboro fire department's Rohrersville substation and Brunswick fire department in Frederick County, Md., according to a 911 supervisor.
April 2, 2012
A canoe flipped over on the Potomac River and two people went into the water near the U.S. 340 bridge near Harpers Ferry on Monday morning, a dispatcher for Washington County Emergency Services said. Nobody was injured, according to a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services. Authorities responded to the call at 9:56 a.m. The two people were rescued and the scene was cleared by 10:53 a.m., the supervisor said.
July 19, 2013
Rescue crews called off a search for a 25-year-old man who went missing while swimming in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry Friday night after they scoured the area without success for hours, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police. DNR police Capt. Jerry Kirkwood said the man decided to swim across the river and began to struggle when he got into a current. He was reported missing about 3 p.m. A 23-year-old female companion was swimming with him at the time, and she was able to swim to safety.
June 24, 2012
All northbound lanes of Interstate 81, south of the Potomac River bridge, were open Sunday morning after an accident shut down the northbound lanes for a short period, according to West Virginia State Police. The accident, reported at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, involved a vehicle that rolled over a few times, according to Berkeley County Emergency Services. One person was taken to City Hospital, the 911 official said. State police said the lone vehicle in the accident was a passenger vehicle.
July 27, 1997
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer River guide Pat Maitre has a name for the disgusting clumps of organic matter he sees in the Potomac River: "floaties. " Maitre has seen a lot of them this year. "That's what you would imagine raw sewage in the river getting baked by the sun to look like. Anybody who sees this stuff floating down the river would be concerned," he said. Actually, the "floaties" are probably harmless algae blooms. Although algae can signal water quality problems, in this case they are a normal result of low water flows, officials said.