Kittitas County water rescuers help 18 people in weekend floating accidents

Kittitas County water rescuers help 18 people in weekend floating accidents

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - Water rescuers have helped a total of 18 people following three separate river accidents.

Kittitas County Sheriff's Water Rescue Team (WRT) were busy responding Friday through Saturday in the county.

The first incident involved six people from Newport Richey, FL who were floating on rafting tubes down the Yakima River, August 4 around 2:42 p.m. when three were separated from their group.

Reports said two rafters were stuck on a river island at the south end of Wymer Cut as one woman inhaled water near smiley rock and wanted medical evaluation.

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue arrived and transported the woman to Yakima River Rentals. Water Rescue units found the separated party members and transported them to Lmuma Recreation then later to Umptanum Recreation.

No one was killed or injured in this incident.

Deputies responded to a second accident Saturday, shortly after noon when a group of 12 women were stuck in a log jam just after launching at Ringer loop three miles south of Ellensburg.

Reports said the accident caused some floaters to go missing while others were left clinging to branches in the river.

A rescue team used the Sheriff's jet boat to find and help the 12 victims. Some sustained head injuries that were not serious, according to reports.

Deputies also responded to three people stuck in another log jam in the Yakima River, about 12 miles south of Ellensburg roughly two hours later that day.

Rescuers found all three people uninjured and brought them to safety.

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