UPDATE Rescuers reach kayaker who was tossed into the Washougal River

first_imgRescuers on Thursday evening reached a local kayaker who was dumped from his boat into the cold, fast-moving Washougal River near Southeast Blair Road, north of Washougal.“He was very very lucky,” said Chief Scott Koehler with East County Fire & Rescue. “He was not injured. He was a little wet and a little cold, but not much worse for wear.”The river was running high and fast after recent rains and snowmelt.“The water’s kind of loud here,” an official radioed during the rescue.Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, a resident of the area saw the man in the water, separated from the boat, and called 911.Firefighters arrived in several minutes but saw that the man had pulled himself up on the bank on the other side of the river, the east side, away from immediate road access.Brian Mull, about 30, of Washougal was later identified as the kayaker, said Sgt. Shane Gardner with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Mull was first seen near Blair Road, which follows the Little Washougal River. The small river empties into the main river, Koehler said.Officials walked down through the yard of a residence and were able to yell across to Mull, who said he wasn’t hurt and had been kayaking alone. Police offered to bring a boat to the scene, but rescuers told them to stand by as they made a plan to reach the man.An area resident pointed out a newer skid path used for logging, and said that if the kayaker walked up it, he’d come to a house on a hill.last_img

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