Montgomery County MD resident Katherine Solver helped rescue twelve cars many passengers from White’s Ferry after careened down the Potomac River after breaking from it’s cables.
Slover, after seeing the ferry pick up significant speed, immediately knew something was wrong. She ran down the bank and climbed a tree to reach the ferry.
“It was going fast. That current is strong.” Slover said.
After reaching the vessel, its captain tossed her ropes and calmly delivered instructions. She wrapped rope around multiple trees; but working quickly and alone meant that the boat was not fully secure.
“There were people on the other side of the creek; if they could’ve crossed the creek, they would have been there too,” Slover said.
Shortly after she temporally stopped the boat support arrived. The group formed a line, extended their hands and guided the passengers to safety. The vehicles and ferry also made it back to the ferry’s dock safely.
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue received a call at roughly 2:45 p.m. and arrived on scene 15 minutes later, according to its Spokesman Pete Piringer. The ferry was repaired by 6:30 p.m. and operated until roughly 11:00 p.m.
Katherine’s quick thinking and immediate, brave action allowed the boast and it’s passengers to escape unharmed.
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