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Coast Guard continues search for teen missing in Potomac River

© Leesburg Today - 08/26/2015

Police, rescue workers and the Coast Guard are searching  for a teenager who went missing while swimming in the Potomac River near Mount Vernon late Wednesday.

The 16-year-old was with friends in the Alexandria area when he went into the water near Little Hunting Creek. The Coast Guard received a radio call from a Fairfax County fire boat about 8:30 p.m. ""stating they lost sight of the teenager as they were responding to call of the swimmer having trouble,"" the agency said in a news release.

A crew aboard a 29-foot response boat launched at 8:35 p.m. to assist with the search.

Several rescue boats along with Fairfax County police and Coast Guard helicopters are involved in the search.

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