Three Days, Three Emergencies
Rough waters result in rise in rescue calls on Washington rivers.
(KING) In the last three days there have been at least three emergency responses in Western Washington rivers.
The most recent call came in around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in an area known as Boulder Drop near Gold Bar. A homeowner along the river noticed that the two rafts had flipped and called 911. Dive and rescue units with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office were quickly dispatched to the scene. It was a close call for the 10 rafters who ended up in the chilly Skykomish River.
For the most part, all of the rafters - all of them experienced, many actually river guides - were able to get themselves out of the water and onto the shore without any need for rescue or medical treatment. By 3:30 p.m., they managed to get back onto their rafts and float safely down the river.
"It was like butter cream at the top - it was nice and easy, smooth. Then we got to the bottom wave and both boats just got pummeled by a ledge wave," recalled Sean "Spare Rib" Horst, rafter. "It was amazing how quickly there were helicopters and rescue teams and people that I know from the fire department in Index just popping out of the trees."