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Rescuers search for missing rafter on Washougal River

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A rafter is missing on Sunday after floating down the Washougal River on Saturday with a friend.

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 are still searching for him Sunday.

KOIN 6 will update this story as soon as possible.

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