By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information and Education Officer.
At 5:11 pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Fire District 7 was dispatched to a report of a technical water rescue on the Skykomish River just before it meets the Snohomish River.
Crews were advised that one individual had made it to shore while two additional individuals were still in the river with their raft taking on water.
Water rescue crews accessed the river and made contact with the individuals. All three made it safely onto the rescue boat.
Crews brought the individuals to the boat launch where medic units were waiting to perform medical evaluations. All three individuals were slightly hypothermic and refused transport to the hospital.
Each individual was in their own inflatable raft in which two of the rafts were tethered together. The tethered rafts snagged on a tree and got stuck stranding the individuals.
The individuals were two males and one female, all in their 20’s. All three individuals were wearing life jackets.
Fire District 7 wants to remind residents that the river is very cold this time of year and much higher due to snow melt.
Small inflatable rafts are also not recommended due to many dangers on the river and hidden below the water. Furthermore, everyone should wear a properly fitted life jacket when on the river.