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Posted at 2:34 PM ET, 06/ 1/2010

Potomac River search for woman, teen

By Washington Post editors

Update, June 1, 2:34 p.m.:

Authorities said Tuesday that the woman and girl who went missing in the Potomac River Monday are mother and daughter, The Post's Dan Morse reported on the Crime Scene blog.

The search for the pair started Monday evening and resumed Tuesday morning. Authorities have not yet released the names of the missing girl and woman, but they confirmed the relationship and said they were 14- and 36-years-old, respectively.

The woman and girl were at a social gathering of between 30 and 40 people on the river’s Virginia side, according to Scott Graham, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. They entered the river at a site called Difficult Run shortly before 5 p.m., authorities said; emergency personnel received a call at 4:53 p.m., and boats were in the water by 5 p.m. Monday.

In the meantime, Juan Escalante told ABC 7 News through a translator that he tried to save his wife and daughter as they were swept away by the Potomac River, but couldn't hold on.

Find more details on the search effort go to the Crime Scene blog.

Rescuers called off the search at nightfall and will resume the search early Tuesday morning.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue workers were searching for a teenage girl and a woman who reportedly went into the Potomac River Monday afternoon shortly before 5 p.m., authorities said.

Capt. Oscar Garcia of the Montgomery County Fire Department said rescue teams from his department and the Fairfax County Fire Department were searching the water, with assistance from a U.S. Park Police helicopter. Rescue workers were searching an area of the river just north of the Angler’s Inn boating ramp, Garcia said.

Garcia said he it was not immediately clear whether the teenager and woman went into the water on purpose or by accident. He said he did not know if the teenager and the woman were related.

-- Ruben Castaneda

6:14 p.m.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue are searching for two people who may have fallen into the Potomac River Monday.

Officials said a teenage girl and an woman went into the water near the Angler's Inn boat ramp shortly before 5 p.m. It was not know whether the two went into the river or fell in.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Potomac River  
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Not a good time to be in the river. The level was still pretty high (over 4.0) and I'm sure the water was still quite cool. Shallow rapids downstream could encourage people to try standing up and walking out - a very risky procedure. I hope they got out and are OK at home right now.

Posted by: ChillAboutMilitaryHummers | June 1, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

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