WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Child In Serious Condition After Falling In Water Near Maine Ave.

Play associated audio
Bystanders rushed to the aid of a young girl and her mother after the girl fell into the water near the seafood market, and her mother jumped in after her.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/synaesthesia/3869008168/
Bystanders rushed to the aid of a young girl and her mother after the girl fell into the water near the seafood market, and her mother jumped in after her.

The little girl is recovering from serious injuries after falling into the Washington Channel at the market in Southwest D.C. around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The girl and her mother were in front of Taylor's Seafood, one of the counters at the market, when the girl fell into the water through a narrow gap that separates the sidewalk from the front of the boats which pull in to sell seafood.

The toddler's mother jumped in after her down into the space, which is less than a foot wide, and filled with 3 to 4 feet of murky water. After the mother jumped in then a group of nearly 30 bystanders rushed over to help pull them out, says one man who witnessed the incident.

The man, who works at Taylor's, says everyone was panicked, and were reaching their arms down to help get the mother and the daughter out. Incidents like this one are rare, he says, but he has seen this happen before where people fall into the narrow gap.

He adds that the this space is necessary to leave room for the boats to shift as water levels rise and fall.

NPR

Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
NPR

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
NPR

Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
NPR

Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.