River Guide Found Dead in Potomac

Maryland authorities are investigating the Aug. 1 death of a guide who worked for Harpers Ferry Adventure Center in the Loudoun Heights area. 

According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, Michael Clevenger, 32, of Harpers Ferry, WV, was found partially submerged in a kayak that was turned sideways on a rock in rapids near the C&O Canal National Historical Park. He was found by a kayaker who performed CPR before moving Clevenger to a safer location downstream where he called 911 at 6 p.m. The kayaker continued CPR until rescue crews arrived.

Clevenger was pronounced dead at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of his death.

Clevenger, who was on the river to help tubers floating from Lock 34 to the take-out site just below the Rt. 340 bridge, was wearing a lifejacket.

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