Man rescued after being stranded on log in Yakima River

Man rescued after being stranded on log in Yakima River

A 32-year-old man stranded on a log in the Yakima River was rescued Friday afternoon near Terrace Heights Way.

Yakima Fire Department crews and a joint-agency Technical Rescue Team launched a raft with swimmers who were able to get the man on to the raft and take him to shore.

“The victim was calm and stable when swimmers arrived,” Yakima Fire Shift Commander Mitch Cole said in a news release. “The swimmers were able to move methodically but efficiently and perform the rescue flawlessly.”

The man had apparently been swimming in the river with a friend starting at about 11 a.m, the release said. His friend attempted to help him for several hours before calling first responders.

After an evaluation by paramedics on scene, the man refused to be taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

The rescue team included personnel from the Yakima Fire Department, Yakima Training Center Fire Department and Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.