Family of boaters rescued from East Fork Lewis River

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



A family of five was rescued Saturday after their raft ran into trouble on the East Fork Lewis River, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue.

Rescuers were dispatched at 4:40 p.m. to a stretch of river upstream from Daybreak Park.

Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said the family — two adults and three children — had trouble while rafting. One of the children swam the river but the rest of the family ended up wet and stranded, standing in the water on the north side of the river.

A resident at 9610 N.E. 255th Circle heard the family’s cries for help and called 911.

Technical rescue crews came and retrieved the family from the opposite shore.

Dawdy said the rafters were cold and wet but uninjured.

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