Va. man drowns in Potomac River

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HARPERS FERRY — A 25-year-old man who drowned in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry Friday afternoon was identified as Joshua Carr, of Hamilton, Va., according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.

According to Brian Albert, public information officer of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, Carr was swimming with Jennifer Furselle, 22, of Purcellville, Va., around 2:30 p.m. Friday when the two encountered a strong current after getting into the river from the West Virginia side.

According to police, both began to struggle and attempted to return to shore. Carr was swept downstream and went beneath the water. Furselle swam to the shore and sought help, Albert said.

Rescue personnel from Maryland and West Virginia searched the river for the victim. The search was suspended shortly before 9 p.m. Friday due to hazardous conditions and darkness, according to Albert.

Rescue personnel found Carr’s body around 3 p.m. Saturday after resuming the search, police said.

According to police, alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.


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