A man’s attempt at a risky selfie above the swollen Potomac River nearly turned deadly Sunday, when he slipped into the raging waters and had to be rescued by bystanders.

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service told FOX5 the incident happened after 5:30 p.m., when the man was taking a selfie on the Maryland side of the river near the Great Falls.

“Some passersby had intervened and slowed this person down,” Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer told FOX5. “We believe that he was hanging on to some obstacles in the water. The water was very high.”

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