Late Sunday afternoon emergency crews from two Clarke County stations responded to a 911 call for an injured swimmer in the Shenandoah River.
At approximately 5:30 PM an individual at Watermelon Park placed a call to 911 to report that a swimmer was injured in the river and in need assistance. The call was initially picked up by responders in Loudoun County who then re-reouted it to Clarke County where crews from John H. Enders and Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue were dispatched.
Upon arrival emergency personnel were confronted with conflicting stories and translation issues. Responders were ultimately unable to locate either the caller or identify the alleged victim. This forced the crews to begin an extensive search of the river by boat for a possible victim. After nearly two hours of searching crews abandoned the effort. Fire & Rescue crews stopped the search at approx. 7:30 PM
Police and Rescue officials believe that the alleged victim may have been pulled from the water by bystanders and may have been placed in a vehicle and taken from the scene. Neither the individual who placed the call or the alleged victim were ever located.