Woman dies after being rescued from D.C. river

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Police are investigating the death of a woman Friday after she was found in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. and pulled out by rescuers.

Captain Paul Starks, a spokesman for Montgomery police, said boat units and helicopter responders removed an adult female from the water and brought her to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda where she was declared dead after 10:30 a.m.

Rescue service spokesman Assistant Chief Scott Graham revealed the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service received a call around 9:30 a.m. for a person in the river between Great Falls and Mather Gorge.

Starks added that police are investigating the matter,however, it did not necessarily mean foul play is suspected.

No information was released on how the deceased ended up in the water.

The National Park Service’s website stated that the river builds up speed at the Great Falls and lands over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the gorge. It is offers several popular hiking trails.

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