Accident Database

Report ID# 928

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • Inexperience

Accident Description

H.J. Pratt, 27, drowned on the Class-II Potomac River just below Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. The Frederick (MD) News-Post reported that the man had been tubing and partying with group of friends. He'd been drinking, and worse, had removed his PFD and tied it to his inner tube. He fell out of his tube near the Route 340 Bridge and did not resurface. When his group reached the take-out they reported Pratt's disappearance. A air/land search was started, called for darkness, and resumed at first light the next day. A local man found the body the next morning.

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