Posted on August 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM
Two teens were lucky to survive a Columbia River joyride unscathed, said officials.
On Sunday, fishermen spotted the two boys, ages 15 and 16, floating down the fast-moving river on a makeshift raft made from pieces of wood near the I-5 bridge in Vancouver, Wash., said Capt. Kevin Murray, Vancouver Fire Department.
By the time firefighters reached the boys, their raft was stuck in pilings about a half mile downstream from the bridge. The boys were not wearing life jackets and had no oars or other means to steer their raft, said Murray.
The teens were rescued and suffered no injuries.
The teens told firefighters they found the raft on the river bank and hopped on it.