Maryland Woman Drowns in Shenandoah Near Berryville

A family camping trip ended tragically over the weekend when a Maryland woman drowned in the Shenandoah River near Berryville, Va.

Andrea Hernandez, 64, of Riverdale, Md., was found floating in the river by her son at approx. 8:30 p.m. Saturday north of Watermelon Park, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s office. Hernandez and her family had been swimming in the river when she stepped away from the group. The son found her body about four hours later in the river north of the park, about 50 feet from the bank.

Hernandez’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Fairfax over the weekend.

Sheriff Tony Roper stated that his office attended the autopsy today, and the ruling was no foul play suspected, and that the death was accidental.

Sheriff Roper added, “The Shenandoah River can be deceptive in it’s appearance, and people need to be extremely vigilant in understanding the area where they are swimming. There are currents, deep holes, and submerged debris that can lead to accidents like this tragedy.”