A father and his juvenile daughter were rescued after their canoe tipped over at the Brown’s Bridge recreation area at Rocky Gorge Reservoir, in the area of Browns Bridge Road and Ednor Road. According to Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Pete Piringer, wind and stormy weather caused the canoe to tip over, knocking the father into the water. The father was able to make it to the shore while the daughter stayed with the boat and ended up down stream, clinging to trees when rescued. Boats from Howard County and Montgomery County were deployed during the rescue. There were no injuries reported.
Rocky Gorge Reservoir is located on the Patuxent River in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties, in between Laurel and Burtonsville. WSSC provides recreational facilities open to the public on the property, including hiking, picnicking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and hunting, according to their patuxentwatertrail.org.
Video from the scene below from @mcfrsPIO:
Rocky Gorge Reservoir, water rescue, @MontgomeryCoMD Initial call ~630p for a father & daughter (boaters) in canoe that tipped over by some strong wind, the daughter clung to canoe & ended up down stream a bit, while dad was thrown into water & made it to the shore, no injuries pic.twitter.com/MGCzNoNXB1
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) May 15, 2022