CUMBERLAND - A multi-county response aided in locating a female that became stranded on an island in the Potomac River late Tuesday evening, according to emergency services officials.
"Allegany County Special Operations teams along with local fire and EMS units were dispatched at 10:30 p.m. for a reported water rescue," Allegany County Department of Emergency Services Lt. Todd Bowman said. "Crews accessed the canal and river from 11655 Mikes Lane in Mexico Farms."
Callers indicated two people were on the Maryland side of the river with no injuries, however a third, approximately 22-year-old female, was stranded on an island in the middle of the river.
"The first arriving units were initially able to call out to the victim and received a verbal response," Bowman’s said. "That communications was lost shortly after their arrival."
Maryland State Police aviation was requested to assisted with a search of the area.
"Mineral County units were dispatched to the area to check the riverbank," Bowman said. "The female was located quickly after Mineral County started searching the West Virginia side."
The incident lasted approximately one hour, according to Bowman.
Units from the Allegany County Special Operations, District 16, LaVale, Bowling Green, Cresaptown and Barton fire departments responded to the incident. Ambulances from District 16, Allegany County Department of Emergency Services and an EMS supervisor responded.
Maryland State Police and Maryland Natural Resource Police were also on the scene.