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Family Rescued From Columbia River Monday Night After Raft Took in Water

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KENNEWICK, WA - A family of seven is okay and back on dry land Monday night after they started taking in water while rafting out on the Columbia River.

The family launched their raft at Chiawana Park in Pasco and quickly started taking in some water.

With the help of a jet skier and some swimming they were able to make it to an area known as "hydro island" near Columbia Park, where dive rescuers met them before driving them back to their car.

The family agrees they should have double checked their equipment before hitting the water. 

"We didn't plan out our rafting really, we used a last second tube, last second raft and clearly our raft had a hole in it. Bad idea. We didn't know it had a hole in it at first and them half way through we were like 'uh I think we're losing air'," Austin Hernandez, who was on the raft and helped pull it to show said. 

Fortunately, everyone made it out okay including their dog, Whitney Houston. 
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