Man clinging to pipe near dam rescued from Yakima River
Aug. 07, 2017
WAPATO, Wash. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who was swept down the Yakima River has been rescued near the diversion dam in Wapato.
The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says an irrigation worker heard Izacc Tuinei calling for help Monday morning. Rescuers found him standing on a narrow ledge and clinging to a pipe.
Authorities say he had been there for several hours. He had been swimming earlier near a boat launch upstream.
Rescue teams from several agencies responded. Rescuers lowered a lifejacket to the man and used an inflatable raft to rescue him.
He did not have major injuries.