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Kennewick Woman Drowns in the Yakima River Near Ellensburg

NEAR ELLENSBURG -- A Kennewick woman is dead after drowning in the Yakima River Thursday afternoon.

48-year old Cynthia Baumgartner was tubing with a group from First Baptist Church of Kennewick a half mile south of the Ringer boat launch in Kittitas County when she was trapped underwater by tree branches.

She was wearing a life-jacket, but was pinned underwater by the heavy current.

Fish & Wildlife officers, sheriff's deputies and the Ellensburg Fire Department responded, but were unable to revive Baumgartner who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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