Today shortly before 2:30 PM a 9-11 call was received reporting 1 patient in distress on the Potomac River near the Route 340 Bridge.
Units arrived to find 1 patient located in the middle of the river clinging to a rock. Boats 11-1 (Maryland side) and Jefferson County Boat 7 (West Virginia side) prepared and lunched. Boat 7 heading down stream found a single patient and assisted them back to the West Virginia side for evaluation by EMS.
All units were held on scene until all boats returned to shore. No Injuries were reported.
As units began to clear the scene, Washington County Emergency Communications Center advised Deputy Chief 11 of a second call reporting 11 tubers in distress in the area of the Route 340 Bridge.
All units were held and responded back. D/C 11 advised he was on the towpath near the bridge and would access the shoreline to get a better advantage point. Boats 11 and Jefferson Boat 7 proceeded down stream where they incountered 2 large groups of tubers. After checking on the first group, crews found numerous tubers in the second group in distress.
Boats 11 and 7 removed a total of 3 tubers from the river and assisted them to the virginia shoreline at the tuber takeout area.
No injuries were reported on the 2nd incident.
Potomac Valley Fire Co.
Support 11-0 ( D/C Grey), Support 11-1 w/ Boat 11-1, Support 11-7 (Lt. Martin)
Jefferson County Wv:
Bakerton – Utility 7 w/Bt 7, Chief 7
Friendship Fire Co. (Harpers Ferry) Ambulance 1
Frederick County MD
Support 19, Boat 19, Chief 19, Ambulance 197