Kayaker Freed From Icy Potomac

Rescue Boat Took on Water

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    Rescuing a kayaker in the Potomac took a little longer than expected after one of the rescue crews required a rescue of their own.

    Rescuing a kayaker in the Potomac took a little longer than expected after one of the rescue crews required a rescue of their own.

    A man’s quest for adventure on a cold January day took him into some troubled waters.
     
    Shortly before noon Monday, the man’s kayak became stuck in an ice current near the Leesylvania State Park area in Prince William County, Md.
     
    Crews from Charles County, Prince William County and Maryland State Police set out to rescue the stranded paddler.
     
    An airboat was sent but didn’t get very far. Before the crew reached the kayaker, the boat started taking on water.
     
    Luckily, a Maryland State Police helicopter was able to swoop in and pluck the rescuers -- and the kayaker -- out of the icy water and down to dry land.
     
    Neither the kayaker nor the rescuers were hurt in the ordeal.
     
    The kayaker's name has not been released. So far, no charges have been filed.