Rough waves on the Potomac River overturned two boats around 4 p.m. March 14. According to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, a D.C. Fire boat pulled 10 on board and took them safely to shore at the Thompson Boat Center, while a Potomac Water Taxi vessel grabbed four and shuttled them to Washington Harbour at the Georgetown waterfront.
A rowing scull containing nine from the Bishop O’Connell High School girls rowing team capsized, according to WJLA, as did an accompanying skiff containing five.
D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted March 14: “All 14 occupants of rowing skiff accounted for and on shore being evaluated by EMS. 4 transported so far for evaluation. #DCsBravest Fireboat 4 has recovered the boat.” All involved in the mishap are expected to be fine.
No cause for the accident was given at the scene, but D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo did say winds could be a factor.