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Man rescued from Columbia River

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Columbia Basin Dive Rescue said a man's Hobie Cat, which is similar to a sailboat flipped onto its side in the middle of the Columbia River.

A group of teens were fishing and saw the man and his boat in the distance.  They ran to the nearest home and called 911.

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue is called out to the Columbia River across from the Edison Street entrance.

Dive Rescue member Neil Hines said, "He didn't have the strength because of the windy conditions to flip it over himself."

Dive Rescue said the teens helped the man out of a bad situation.

14-year-old Derick Moe said, "At first we didn't know what it was but then you could see it."

12-year-old Austin Reisch said, "We ran up as fast as we could to get help."

Hines said, "These boys did a good job of recognizing that someone was in trouble."

Dive rescue said the man was in the water for more than 15 minutes and said he was wearing a life jacket and a wet suit.

Hines said, "If you are going to be out in these conditions do what this gentlemen did and be prepared to get in the water if you do that you'll be okay."

 

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