Northwest NEWS

July 19, 1999

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Duvall police officers rescue two teens from river

by Valley View staff

   DUVALL--Two local teenage girls were rescued by Duvall police on July 9 after their inflatable canoe overturned in the Snoqualmie River across from McCormick Park.

   Both girls were wearing flotation devices and were able to grab onto a log while their mother, who was watching from shore, ran to call 911, according to Duvall police Sgt. Bob Akey.

   "Duvall Fire was first on the scene," he said. "They called the police and Chief (Glenn) Merryman and Officer Cyndi Osborne hooked up the police boat and launched it in less than six minutes."

   Akey said another officer attempted to reach the girls from the opposite shore, but the boat was able to get to them first. "We just happened to have two patrol officers and the chief on duty," he said. "The girls were rescued quickly and were very glad to be back on solid ground."

   Western Washington rivers are running higher than usual this year due to the heavy snowpack and cold spring. Authorities have warned residents to be cautious about boating and swimming in the rivers.

   "People don't seem to understand how dangerous this can be," Akey said. "With the river as high as it is and running as fast as it is, this could have been a very bad situation."