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.