Woman, 22, Dies After Possible Drowning in Potomac Pool

No foul play suspected


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A 22-year-old woman died Wednesday after she was discovered unresponsive in a residential swimming pool in Potomac on Tuesday evening, according to Montgomery County police.

The woman, whom police identified as Jesusa Sarmiento Onton of Gaithersburg, was visiting a woman who was cleaning a home on The Corral Drive, according to a police press release. Onton told the cleaner she was going to swim by herself in the home’s pool, and the woman later found her unresponsive in the water and called 911.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene at about 6:25 p.m. They pulled the victim from the pool and attempted life-saving efforts before transporting her to a local hospital, according to police. She was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning.

Police are investigating the incident as a possible drowning and no foul play is suspected. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore will determine the cause of death after an autopsy, police said.

This is one of three possible drownings or near drownings in the county during a two-hour period Tuesday night, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer. The body of a 21-year-old man was recovered from Rocky Gorge Reservoir in the evening, and there was another incident involving a 5-year-old at a community pool in White Oak. The child was resuscitated and transported to a local hospital in serious condition. 

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