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Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Eight pulled from Potomac in water rescue

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D.C. Fire department officials said about 20 high school students were in two sculls or skiffs Wednesday afternoon that capsized on the Potomac River, but none were seriously injured.

The students, from McLean High School, were rowing from Thompson's boat house about 4:30 p.m. The river was rough, there were strong winds and the water temperature was 41 degrees when their two small crafts overturned near Hains Point and Washington Channel, said fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.

Most of the students swam to shore, but rescuers pulled eight or nine teenagers from the water who had been in the Potomac about 15 minutes, Piringer said.

EMS personnel evaluated 20 or 21 teens, and took them to hospitals for check-ups, Piringer said.

5:17 p.m.
Eight people were pulled from the Potomac River Wednesday by D.C. Fire department rescue boats after their small craft capsized in the river, officials said.

At least three rescue boats responded to the river, just south of the 14th Street bridge near Hains Point, about 4:30 p.m. for a report of people in the water, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman. Rescuers quickly pulled eight people from the water after their skiff or sculling craft overturned, Piringer said.

All eight people appeared to be uninjured, but were being evaluated by EMS personnel at Hains Point, he said.

4:48 p.m.
Eight people have been taken from the Potomac River near Hains Point during a water rescue, D.C. Fire and EMS report.

They are being evaluated.

Water rescue underway in the Potomac
4:33 p.m.
D.C. Fire and EMS is reporting a water rescue in the Potomac south of the 14th Street bridge. Boaters are said to be in distress, possibly in the water.

Stay with for more details.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:07 PM ET, 03/02/2011

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