On Wednesday June 21 at 11:25, Units were alerted for a Water Rescue in the area of Lock 34 along the Potomac River. While units were enroute, additional information from the caller advised a single occupant had been knocked from their raft and was being swept down stream in the area north of Lock 34. Support 11-7 (Capt 11) arrived at Lock 34 and established Command with both Boats 11-1 preparing to launch at from Lock 34. Due to the hundreds of rafters/tubers on the river (typical summer day for this area). Command requested Trooper 3 (Maryland State Police) to be added to the call and scan the river from the Route 340 Bridge to the dam at Lock 35.
With the calling party still on the line in the area of the Dam, Boat 11-1 launched from Lock 34 and proceeded up stream. During the upstream search, Boat 11-1 came upon numerous rafters/tubers requesting help. During the sweep of the river, Trooper 3 also encountered numerous rafters/tubers waving for help. In all, 18 rafters/tubers were in need of help or requesting help on the river. Having such a large number of rafters/tubers in varying states of need, Boat 11 was launched from Lock 34, Jefferson Boat 7 launched from "the Point" in Harper's Ferry, Wv and Boat 20 (Washington County Special Ops) launched from the route 340 launch point and proceeded up stream to assist Boat 11-1.
During the following hour 18 rafters/tubers were assisted and/or rescued from the river and they were brought to the Maryland and West Virginia shorelines. After ground & Boat crews met up with the calling party and numerous rafters/tubers were met with, it was discovered that the initial victim was one of the 18 people assisted/rescued from the river.