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SAR and Volunteers Rescue Stranded Rafters Yesterday


CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

ARLINGTON, Wash. – Yesterday, the Search and Rescue Unit and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue rescued four people who were stranded along the banks of the Stilliguamish River west of Arlington.  The party were in the river with "floaties" and no lifejackets when one of the floaties "popped", forcing the group to get out of the river at a very steep hillside in the brush.  One of the party called 911 and a SAR deputy responded, along with a patrol deputy, two firefighters, and two SAR volunteers.  Only one person, a 22 year-old Everett woman, was transported to Providence for minor injuries.  The other members of the party included a 25 year-old Marysville woman, a 17 year-old Tacoma female, and a 23 year-old Everett man.  The entire operation took approximately three hours. 

Life jackets save lives and anyone going in Snohomish County rivers this weekend should use one. Please see other water safety tips offered by Snohomish County Search and Rescue before heading out to enjoy our county's rivers, lakes, and shorelines.