1 Rescued, Another Missing In Potomac River

5:20 PM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
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POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two people fell into the Potomac River on Monday in the Mather Gorge area, officials say. 

The first incident took place as 10 people were rafting and one person somehow fell into the water, the Montgomery County Fire Department said. 

The rafters entered the water to form a human chain and were able to rescue the rafter who fell in, officials said. 

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said the rafter was then transported to the hospital as a precaution after swallowing a large amount of water.

In the same area, a 19-year-old male was swimming in the river when he suddenly drifted away until the group of teens he was with was not able to see him, officials said. 

The people that were with him tried to rescue him but were unsuccessful, officials said. 

Emergency crews searched the area and determined it was a recovery operation. The search was temporarily put on hold after storms started moving in and crews were ordered to take their boats out of the water, according to officials. 

The recovery efforts will continue until dark. 

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