Four people rescued from sunken boat on Cle Elum Lake

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Four people including a 3-year-old child were stranded in the middle of the frigid Cle Elum Lake after their boat was submerged in the water.

Cle Elum

Image credit: Kittitas County Sheriff, Facebook

According to a social media alert from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, a Kittcom report claimed that a group was stranded on the cold water of the lake in upper Kittitas County around 1:23 p.m. on June 30, 2022.

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Just moments later, one of the subjects who was stuck in the lake called 911 to report their party of two adults, a teenager and a 3-year-old were stuck in the water after their boat sank. They were transferred to Sheriff’s deputies and provided their location, which was roughly a mile from shore.

KCSO deputies who were trained in marine-rescue techniques launched into the lake on an Upper County Marine Patrol vessel. The crews pulled three subjects from the water and picked up the toddler, who was resting on the floating tip of the submerged boat.

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All four were brought back to shore and evaluated for any injuries or lingering effects from the temperature of the water. They were all cleared by medics while the Marine Patrol vessel was used to tow the sunken boat back to land.

Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies highlighted the importance of life jackets in keeping these people safe. With many more boaters expected to hit the water for the Fourth of July weekend, KCSO urges everyone to keep a life jacket handy and stay safe on the water.


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