Everyone safe after rafts overturn in Wash. river

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 6:33 PM

INDEX, Wash. (AP) — A rafting trip where 10 people fell into a raging river in the Cascade Mountain foothills northeast of Seattle briefly launched rescue officials into high alert, but the experienced outdoor group was able to safely navigate to shore.

The rafters were fine when they came onshore Tuesday to a large group of media gathered for them. Snohomish County sheriff officials then briefly talked to the rafters, a group of men and women who work at the Stevens Pass Ski Area. The rafters donned wetsuits, helmets and other safety gear.

Earlier Tuesday, a person saw the group fall into the waters of the Skykomish River and called authorities. By the time rescue crews were dispatched to the stretch of river between the towns of Index and Gold Bar, the group had recovered to their rafts.

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