Boy Drowns in Potomac River

By Kriston Capps
|  Sunday, Aug 22, 2010  |  Updated 4:33 PM EDT
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Boy Drowns in Potomac River

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A 4-year-old boy drowned in the Potomac River in an accident while he and his family were fishing.

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday, D.C. Fire & Emergency Medical Services received a call about a child who had fallen into the Potomac River. D.C. Fire deployed emergency boats to assist Arlington County Fire Rescue in their efforts to retrieve the child.

Arlington County Fire Rescue officials were able to pull the boy out of the Potomac River at about 1 p.m. The emergency officials performed CPR on the boy, who is said to have been submerged for about 10 minutes.

The family was fishing legally in the Potomac, off a trail south of the Chain Bridge on the Virginia side. The child did not know how to swim.

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