Body Discovered at Potomac River Found to Be Missing Swimmer

Male swimmer at the swimming pool. Underwater photo.

On Monday, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) announced the recovery of a body that is thought to be that of a swimmer who went missing.

On Sunday, search crews used sonar to find the man, according to MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer, who shared the news on X. This occurred two days following the disappearance of a swimmer in the Potomac River. 

They could be seen beneath the surface of the water, tucked away amid a group of rocks.

After a kayaker reported a body in the water, workers returned to the river area near Sandy Landing on Monday morning.

According to a video by Piringer, the whole thing began on May 24 when two teenagers tried to swim from Virginia to Maryland across the Potomac River. During the swim, one of the participants cramped or felt sick and went under.

The Montgomery County Department of Police were there, according to Piringer’s post, and they were investigating a fatality.

The public does not yet know the man’s identity. 

The coming of nice weather has prompted many to visit Great Falls, and his passing coincides with the beginning of a new season that is sometimes fraught with tragedy.

Swimming in the Potomac is not only illegal but also punishable by fines for individuals who disobey this regulation.

In the weeks preceding Memorial Day, the Great Falls region has been the scene of around six incidents, according to Piringer.

The younger generation likes to jump off rocks into the river at Purple Horse Beach and Sandy Landing.

According to the representative, the water levels are at an abnormally high four feet. 

Piringer states that the water’s temperature is relatively low all year round, hovering at approximately 67 degrees.

According to the National Park Service, the Potomac River flows at a rate of 10,000 cubic feet per second and has an average depth of 27 feet.

Violators of the swimming regulation may be arrested, fined $200, and required to appear in federal court.