2 Bodies Found In Tidal Basin In Last Week

6:28 PM, Apr 13, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Twice in one week emergency crews pulled a body from or near the Tidal Basin.

It's an area that draws hundreds of thousands of people this time of year because of the Cherry Blossoms.

Visitors soaked in a beautiful Saturday afternoon around the Tidal Basin, it's an area where there have been two separate tragic discoveries.

Last Saturday authorities pulled a body of 63-year-old Robert Groshan, of Northeast D.C., near the tidal basin.

This past Thursday, a missing tourist from Chicago, Sarath Kumar Potharaju was found dead floating near the FDR memorial in the Tidal Basin.

It's still a mystery, how the two men died and how they ended up in the water. But the U.S. Coast Guard says this is a good time to remind people about safety around the Potomac.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Celina Ladyga says, "Stick to marked pathways and walkways. Make sure you are with someone in case you trip, slip or fall, someone can call for help."

Coast Guard boats don't enter the Tidal Basin because the water is only 5-7 feet high.

The strong current in the Potomac River is one thing and the serene Tidal Basin is another. You'd think that if you, fell in, you'd be able to pull yourself out.

"It's four inches higher than I can probably reach. It's higher than people think," said Morgan Linares, visitor.

The wall is 3 feet or higher depending on high tide.

"It's deceiving you may not be able to pull yourself out," Lt. Ladyga said.

The temperature of the water is still a cold 62 degrees. When you hit the water people may panic.

"I made the comment there should be a railing. I don't feel comfortable near it and I can swim," said Linares.

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