Body Recovered From Yakima River, Victim of Rafting Accident
PARKER, Wash-- Yakima Sheriff's deputies have recovered the body of a man missing from a rafting accident. It happened on the Yakima River late Saturday evening.
The body recovered is Alberto Ramirez, a 20-year-old man from Wapato. He was found by family and friends who went searching for Ramirez early this morning.
Yakima sheriff deputies called off their search Sunday evening after searching for over 24 hours. Two men were pulled from the water Saturday night, Ramirez's body was found today and one man is still missing.
Ramirez was wearing a life jacket when the raft capsized, however the water runs swiftly this time of year with many underwater hazards. His body was found south of Parker.
"The eastern edge of the river hung-up in some foliage and trees that are down. The side of the river is just cluttered with windfall," said Lt. Max James, YSO.
A plane and a helicopter were used Sunday to search the river. Deputies said the portion of the river where Ramirez was found was covered with lots of brush and not visible from the air. Deputies tried to launch a boat today to recover the body, but high water slowed down their efforts.
Search and Rescue plans to continue looking for the second victim beginning tomorrow morning.