Kayaker rescued after 3 capsize in Lewis River

Kayaker rescued after 3 capsize in Lewis River

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 7:49 PM

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. -- A kayaker was rescued after falling into the Lewis River with two friends, according to Clark County Fire and Rescue.

The three kayakers, two women and a man, put in Tuesday morning at Daybreak Park Boat Ramp, officials said. Some time later, they all capsized in the rapids near Battle Ground.

One of the women ended up on the opposite shore, the other wound up on a rock, and both lost their paddles.

One of the kayakers, who said her name was Linda, managed to call 911 for help.

“We were stuck and thought it through and decided to call for help instead of risk getting back in the river,” she said.

Searchers soon began looking for their missing friend.

“I think the key of today was, one: They had their life jackets on. Two: They had a cell phone with them. And, three is the most important: They didn’t take any chances,” said Capt. Jesse Martin with Clark County Fire & Rescue.

Just before 1 p.m. rescuers spotted the man and pulled him from the water, according to Tim Dawdy with Clark County Fire.

Details have not yet been released on his condition.

The two women told KGW in the future, they plan to always bring an extra paddle with them as a safety precaution.

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