Second body pulled from Potomac in two days
Montgomery County rescuers pulled a second body from the Potomac River on Thursday morning, four days after a 13-year-old girl and her mother went under on Memorial Day.
"We were looking for two bodies, and we found two bodies," Assistant Montgomery Fire Chief Scott Graham said Thursday.
He would not confirm whether either body is the girl or her mother. Medical experts are making official identifications. The other body was found Wednesday afternoon.
The latest discovery was made about 10:35 a.m. Thursday on the south side of Perry Island, about 1 1/2 miles from where the pair went missing after entering the water during a family gathering on the Virginia side of the river.
Rescue workers in a boat spotted the body and brought it ashore on the Maryland side of the river at 11 a.m. Thursday, Graham said.
Powerful currents make a section of the river bordered by Montgomery and Fairfax counties extremely dangerous, even in spots where the surface of the water looks calm. Fire and rescue officials held a news conference in the area Thursday morning to draw attention to the dangers and how it is against the law to swim in that stretch of the river.
-- Dan Morse
June 3, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories: Dan Morse , Montgomery
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