Search suspended for missing rafter on Washougal River

Clark County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The search for a rafter who went missing while floating down the Washougal River on Saturday has been called off, according to authorities.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said they found a woman submerged up to her neck and screaming for help on Saturday around 8:15 p.m. She was pinned by her legs and the water was moving rapidly. She was rescued after a two-hour operation but was unconscious and taken to a hospital.

At 5 a.m. on Sunday, she regained consciousness and told officers that she had been floating Big Eddy with a man, 30-year-old Stephen Barnaby, starting at milepost 8 of the Washougal River Road.

They floated in separate inner-tubes and were both swept into fast moving currents. They both fell off and she became trapped by debris and rocks. She saw Barnaby float by as she was trapped.

The Clark County sheriff’s office said they found Barnaby’s raft, but the 30-year-old hasn’t been found.

The search for Barnaby was suspended Monday morning.

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