Boy Scouts Rescued From High Water

Monday, Apr 18, 2011  |  Updated 1:49 PM EDT
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Boy Scouts Rescued From High Water

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Rescue crews had to help a group of Boy Scouts who were trapped by high water along the Potomac River.

Montgomery County fire officials rescued the 24 people total early Monday morning along the Potomac River.  In addition to the Boy Scouts and their advisers, another group of 4 campers were rescued near the C & O Canal bicycle path early this

Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham said Monday morning that a group of Boy Scouts from Arlington and their adult advisers were unable to leave their campground at White's Ferry due to high water.  Graham said the Boy Scouts gathered their equipment and officials used boats and a helicopter to take them from the campsite to dry land.

The second group of campers, 2 adults and 2 children, had been cycling along the canal Saturday and made camp by the river.  When they noticed the rivers water rising around them, one of the adults called in to emergency services.  When a helicopter arrived, they signalled to the rescue crew using flashlights.

No injuries were reported.

There was another water rescue in the area Sunday. Three people, including an 8-month-old child, had to be rescued from a car that was stuck in high water in Prince George's County.

That incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday near Governors Bridge Road at the Patuxent River in Bowie, Md.

Firefighters say two teenage girls and a child were in the car when it became submerged in water and stalled out.

That area is known for flooding. Rescuers were eventually able to pull the two women and child from the vehicle.

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