Swimmer swept away by Dungeness - Found later to be okay


Peninsula News Network

Sequim, WA - Rescuers were called to the Dungeness River to try and search for a swimmer that might have disappeared, but was found a few minutes later downstream.

Friends of the swimmer called the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department a little after 4pm to report that they hadn’t seen the subject for “about an hour”. The 20 year old had been inner tubing in the vicinity of Ward Road.

Dispatchers had called for Fire District 3’s Swift Water Rescue Team and officers were still investigating the circumstances of the incident. However, shortly after arriving on scene, searchers located the missing subject in the vicinity of schoolhouse bridge. There was no immediate word on his condition but it was believed that he was ok.

Authorities frequently warn swimmers to be careful around the Dungeness… which is a magnet for water play during warm weather like we’ve been having the past couple of days.

They say that the Dungeness is deceptive, and dangerous, especially when the snow begins to melt in the Olympics. Even though it doesn’t appear that there is much water in the river, what is there is extremely cold and swift, and could carry unsuspecting people into deep “pockets” of water and places were debris such as logs can trap and even injure swimmers, especially if they aren’t wearing any personal floatation devices.



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