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Search Suspended for Woman, Teen in Potomac

Search Suspended for Woman, Teen in Potomac

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue River Rescue and Tactical Services\' (RRATS) team base of operations is Anglers Inn -- a popular launching point for river recreation. (Kristi King/WTOP Photo)

June 01, 2010

McLEAN, Va. – Rescue workers have temporarily suspended the search for a mother and daughter who disappeared in the Potomac River Monday afternoon.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue River Rescue and Tactical Services crews will resume the search later Tuesday, once the glare from the midday sun dies down.

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Helicopters using infrared technology and searchers in rescue boats combed the river Tuesday morning just south of Great Falls near the Angler’s Run area.

Witnesses reported the 36-year-old mother and 14-year-old daughter were on the Virginia side of the river near the Madeira school in McLean.

It’s unclear how they ended up in the river.

Montgomery County Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says the operation is still a rescue effort.

“They could be clinging to debris, they could be hung up in rocks some place that we have not been able to get into, so there are a lot of options we are considering right now to keep this as a search,” Graham says.

“It’s very, very dangerous. “It’s illegal to swim in the river for a reason.”

Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Oscar Garcia says crews were called to the area shortly before 5 p.m. Monday.

Crews looked for the mother and daughter for three hours on Monday night.

The U.S. Park Police and Fairfax County Police are also assisting in the search.

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