Walla Walla man got caught in the rapids, drowned in Wenatchee River

Wenatchee River, Walla Walla
Wenatchee River

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Family members are mourning the loss of a Walla Walla man, 60, who got caught in the rapids at a popular tubing spot and drowned over the weekend.

According to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on July 30, 2022 along the Wenatchee River near Dryden, WA. A group of six family members and friends were floating the river when they approached the “Rock and Roll” area.

The Walla Walla man’s tube flipped, sending him into the body of water without protection. He tried to swim to shore when the group quickly approached another set of rapids, leaving most of them separated.

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One of the relatives eventually found the victim floating face down in the river and dragged him to shore. Occupants of a passing commercial raft then helped the man onto their vessel and brought him to medics for emergency treatment.

They performed CPR for roughly an hour until the man was pronounced dead. Authorities say that no one in the group was wearing a life jacket while floating the river during conditions that are at a higher level than usual.

“[Recreationists] should be aware that the waters are colder and more swift than usual,” Chelan County Sheriff’s Office officials said. “Please remember to wear a life jacket, scout the entire section of river you plan to float for hazards, and know where to take out.”


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