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Officials Urge River Safety For Summer

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The Potomac River is a popular spot in the Washington, D.C. area, especially during the warmer months.
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The Potomac River is a popular spot in the Washington, D.C. area, especially during the warmer months.

As the warmer weather nears, local officials are preparing for an increase in visitors at the many creeks, lakes and rivers in the D.C. metro area--one of them being the popular Potomac River.

Every year, people have to be rescued because they did not follow basic safety rules, and sometimes those rescues do not end well.

Federal, state and local officials will hold a press conference at the Great Falls overlook today to underscore some of the ways you can avoid becoming a drowning victim in the Potomac.

Some of the tips include always using a floating device when on a watercraft, avoid playing near the water if you're unable to swim, and beware of strong undercurrents at all times--even if the water looks calm.

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