Boat found unattended operator waded to safety

first_imgOfficials mounted a search-and-rescue mission Tuesday afternoon after learning that a drift boat had been found wedged against a partially submerged log on the North Fork of the Lewis River with no fishermen to be seen.About 2 p.m., officials with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office rushed to the scene near the Haapa boat launch, several miles east of Woodland in far-north Clark County.Fire District 6 sent its rescue boat and crew, the Vancouver Fire Department sent its Heavy Rescue 5 tool truck and members of the Southwest Washington Organization of Rescue Divers responded as well.Sheriff’s deputies found a cell phone, damaged by the water, with the boat and used information on its SIM card to find the boat’s owner, according to a bulletin from Dawn Johnson, spokeswoman with Fire District 6.As it turned out, a Vancouver man had borrowed the boat from the owner and was alone on the water when the mishap occurred. He waded to shore and was not injured.last_img

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