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River Rescue

Posted on 11th July 2014 at 16:00

Two residents of the Rosedale area in Wahkiakum County are being credited for providing key assistance in the rescue of a sailor who had fallen off of a sailboat in the Columbia River. The Wahkiakum County Eagle reports that this incident took place on Tuesday evening, when Dan and Genie Cary saw the boat’s sails suddenly collapse. They noticed that a man was in the water, and immediately called 911. The boater apparently was wearing a camouflage life vest, and was difficult to spot in the water. The Carys were able to keep an eye on the man, and helped to steer the Wahkiakum County River Patrol boat to where the 70 year-old man from Shoreline was stranded. It’s reported that the man was able to stand in some shallow water, but because of the muddy bottom, he couldn’t walk. He was transported to Cathlamet, where he was treated for hypothermia. The boat continued drifting with four other family members aboard, none of which knew how to handle the boat. It eventually grounded on some pilings, and had to be towed in.