Monroe Man in Critical Condition After Kayak Incident on Skykomish River

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Snohomish, WA – According to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, a kayaker was rescued from the Skykomish River last night. Apparently, a 27-year-old Monroe man was kayaking when he was caught in rough water about four miles east of Gold Bar. Two other kayakers were able to reach him after the current carried him out of the dangerous waters and further downstream.

A call was made to 9-1-1 around 7:00 PM, to report that the two kayakers had pulled the man from the river and were currently performing CPR. He was transported to Evergreen Hospital in critical condition.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind people that Snohomish County rivers are cold and swift during this time of year. Anyone recreating on or near rivers should always wear a life jacket. If you are going out on the river, wear a helmet and make sure you have the training needed to navigate unpredictable rapids and swift water. Response to backcountry rescue and recovery efforts can be extremely dangerous and put rescue personnel and volunteers at risk.

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