Damaging storms hit Southern Md., D.C.

Five rescued from capsized boat

June 17, 2008|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,Sun reporter

Heavy wind and rain sent five people into the Patuxent River yesterday after the 16-foot boat they were in capsized during a series of thunderstorms that caused damage throughout Southern Maryland and Washington.

A spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said all five people - three adults and two children - had on life jackets and were rescued by an onlooker shortly after falling into the water about 5 p.m.

Sgt. Ken Turner said the group had rented the vessel for fishing but did not make it back to the shore before the storm. Turner said none of them was injured.

In Washington, authorities say rain and wind caused the partial collapse of a tent on the National Mall, injuring 10 people.

A U.S. Park Police spokesman said an 11-year-old was rescued from under one of the tents yesterday afternoon and was being treated for minor injuries. D.C. Fire Department officials said seven children and three adults suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

At BWI Marshall Airport, some flights experienced delays of longer than three hours because of the storms.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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