Officials warn not to swim in Potomac River

The Potomac river (PHOTO: CNN)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With summer in full swing and warmer days ahead, it can be tempting to cool off and take a dip in the Potomac River.

However, officials are warning the public not to swim in the river.

Spokesperson with the Montgomery County Fire and EMS department, Pete Piringer, says there are several dangerous areas of the river currently.

Piringer says there are four dangerous areas between Seneca and Georgetown:

  • Washington Aqueduct Dam
  • Great Falls
  • Little Falls of the Potomac (upstream Chain Bridge)
  • Little Falls Dam (downstream Cabin John Bridge)

The currents are treacherous in these areas causing unsafe swimming conditions, Piringer says.