19 people rescued after dragon boat capsizes in Potomac River

September 8, 2012

(An earlier version of this post misspelled the last name of D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali. This version has been updated.)

A crowded boat capsized on the Potomac River on Saturday afternoon, leading to the mass water rescue of 19 people, police said.

The group was on board a dragon boat, according to D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali. They were reportedly paddling near the 14th Street Bridge around 1:55 p.m. when the man-powered vessel overturned.

The D.C. police department’s harbor units responded to the scene and rescued the group.

The 19 boaters were safely taken to shore on the D.C. side of the river, and the boat was being pulled in, Aladi said.

No injuries were reported. It is not known what caused the boat to overturn.

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