Man Bit by Snake on Potomac

By Caitlin O'Brien
|  Thursday, Aug 11, 2011  |  Updated 10:33 AM EDT
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Man Bit By Snake on Potomac

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Kayaking can be hazardous, but one man’s trip to the Potomac River took a dangerous turn when he was on dry land.

The kayaker was bitten by a copperhead snake, according to volunteer fire officials near Hagerstown, Md.

According to a spokesman for the Hancock Volunteer Fire Co., rescuers were called at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports. The kayaker said he was bitten when he was taking a break along the water near Berm Road.

The man was flown to Meritus Medical Center, which has anti-venom serum.

The incident may have been a scary one, but apparently copperheads and rattlesnakes are common along the Potomac River in the Hancock area.

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