A father and son duck hunting on the Yakima River on Sunday morning had to be fished out by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team after their boat was submerged.
Sam Hitchcock II and his 13-year-old son Sam called the authorities at about 7:30 a.m. to report that they were stranded on an island just below the Mellis Road landing on the Yakima River.
The Yakima pair had been duck hunting in a 12-foot, drift-style boat, but when one of the oars broke, they lost control of the boat and it got caught in the current and was submerged. The son was wearing a life vest, a sheriff’s office report says.
They made it to an island downriver, west of milepost 34 on Interstate 82.
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Members of search and rescue launched the sheriff’s office jet dive boat from Mellis Road and brought the two back to the landing, where Hitchcock’s wife was ready with dry clothes and hot coffee, authorities reported.
The sheriff’s office says the water was about 44 degrees at the time.