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Kittitas deputies swim rescue line to boaters

Fri., Aug. 13, 2010, 8:29 a.m.

The Kittitas County sheriff’s office says a sheriff’s team managed to rescue a disabled boat with seven people aboard that was being blown into rocks on the Columbia River shore near Vantage, Wash.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office says the boat ran out of gas between Vantage and the Wanapum dam and was pushed by nearly 50 mph winds into rocks on the east side of the river. Its owner swam to shore to get fuel, leaving seven Yakima residents aboard.

Late Wednesday night, Cpl. James Nale and Cpl. James Woody swam a rescue line to the boat so it could be towed.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports no one was injured. All those on the boat were wearing life jackets.

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