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Kayaker rescued from Potomac after paddle breaks

Maryland State Police say two helicopters participated in the nighttime rescue of a kayaker who got stranded in the Potomac River near Sandy Hook in Washington County after his paddle broke.

Rescue crews hoisted 46-year-old Scott Butts of Bolivar, W.Va., out of the water at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday just south of the U.S. 340 bridge.

Authorities were alerted by a local resident who heard cries for help.

Helicopters responded from Frederick and Andrews Air Force Base. Police say workers used night vision goggles to locate Butts, clinging to some partially submerged trees.

With one chopper providing additional lighting, rescuers lowered a basket and Butts climbed in.

Police say Butts declined to go to a hospital after he was examined at the scene.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 17, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
Categories:  Emergencies & Rescues , Maryland  
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