June 16, 2007
Rescuers hoisted three teenagers from the Potomac River with a helicopter Saturday after they were found clinging to the rocks at Great Falls.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says the three teenage boys were pulled out safely. They were found wearing their swimming trunks in an area where swimming is strictly prohibited.
Emergency crews responded from both Maryland and Fairfax County in Virginia. They were called to the scene about 1 p.m. Piringer says the boys were not injured. They were left in the custody of U.S. Park Police.
Swimming in the area is considered very dangerous because of the strong river currents. Piringer says five accidental drownings in 2004 led to renewed efforts to warn people to stay out of the water.