Father and son rescued from steep Yakima County embankment after boat breaks down

Yakima County
Image credit: Yakima County Sheriff's Office

NACHES, Wash. — What started out as a leisurely father and son bonding trip on the water ended with a rescue effort when their motorboat gave out near a steep embankment on Rimrock Lake in Yakima County.

According to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, their dispatch received an initial report from the father around 4:00 p.m. on May 29, 2022. The caller advised that the motor of his 16-foot boat stopped working and wouldn’t restart while on Rimrock Lake with his son. He also reported that the wind was picking up, carrying their vessel toward the rocky edge of the lake near U.S. 12.

A YCSO Deputy patrolling near White Pass responded to the area to help the father and son duo from Olympia. He hurried to the scene and eventually found the duo near milepost 164 of the highway. The deputy enlisted the help of a Naches fire volunteer who brought a length of rope that was used to pull them up to safety.

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Meanwhile, a YCSO boat made its way to the scene and along with two officers from the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, retrieved the boat. It was brought to a nearby boat launch where it was successfully returned to the once-stranded man.

They learned that the bowline fell into the water and got wrapped around the prop of the boat’s motor, which rendered it useless. However, there was only minor damage to the boat itself and the father and son duo were unscathed.

“This is a reminder to all boaters to pay attention to ropes attached to you boats while under way,” concluded the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office press release.


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