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Search Continues on Yakima River For Missing Rafter

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NEAR WAPATO, Wash. - Search and rescue crews were out on the Yakima River for a fourth day Tuesday looking for a missing rafter from an accident on Saturday night.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office had teams in two boats going back and forth in a 4.5-mile perimeter.  The area was between the Sunnyside dam and the Donald Wapato Bridge. 

Lt. Brian Winter leads the water response team for the sheriff's office.  He admits that finding the man will be difficult.

"We know what passed experience and history have told us as far as our chances of finding him at this point are pretty slim," he said.    "While that's not something that kept us from being out here today we recognize that fact."

The sheriff's office says part of the reason the search for the remaining rafter will be more of a challenge is because he did not have a life jacket on when the raft overturned on Saturday.  They are looking into getting additional help in the search from an airplane or helicopter.