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YAKIMA COUNTY, WA - Yakima County Sheriff Deputies say two young men are lucky they didn't get hurt when they were stranded on the Yakima River.
Deputies say Thursday afternoon around 4 o'clock, two 20-year-old men were calling for help on a log debris pile in the water, at the base of one of the bridge supports on the Meyers Road Bridge.
A deputy on the Sheriff's Boating Enforcement Unit was able to give the two men flotation devices, and then used ropes to pull them to safety.
Deputies say the young men had been trying to cool off by wading into the water. Since neither or them could swim, the got scared when they went into deep water, and climbed onto the debris pile.
Deputies say the incident should be a reminder of the dangers of swift water, as many rivers have hidden deep holes that can surprise an unaware swimmer. The water temperature can also increase your risk of hypothermia, which can impair your ability to get out of the water. Deputies say if you know that you cannot swim, stay out of rivers and ponds. Everyone should use a personal flotation device when playing in or around water.