Boys rescued from island in river near Benton City

Tri-City HeraldMarch 12, 2014 

— The Columbia Basin Dive Rescue Team saved two boys who got stuck on an island in the Yakima River on Wednesday night for more than five hours.

Members of dive rescue used a boat to get to the island at Horseshoe Bend near Benton City, officials said. The boys were taken to shore and checked out by medics.

Neither boy appeared to be injured, officials said.

The boys were separated from the shore by about 35 to 40 feet of fast-moving water, officials said. Its unclear how they got to the island.

“We don’t know if they were rafting, floating the river or what,” said Capt. Dennis Bates, of Benton Fire District 2.

The boys were able to contact fire crews who eventually found them on the island, Bates said. Fire personnel shone a spotlight on the boys and yelled to them from shore.

“They were safe on the island but they were pretty much dead center of the river,” Bates said. “We couldn’t throw them a (safety) line. We opted to have dive rescue come out.”

Dive rescue launched from Sportsman Park in Benton City, reaching the boys shortly after and bringing them to safety.

Officials did not release the ages of the boys Wednesday night.

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