Four People Tossed From Canoe in Yakima River
Four people, including a four-year-old boy, were tossed into the Yakima River in West Richland Tuesday after their canoe overturned.
The Columbia Dive and Rescue were called just after 4:00 P.M. to the Yakima along Riverside Drive.
Three of the people, including the kid, were able to get to shore shortly after going into the water.
Corey Carpenter, 29, kept floating down the river to save a paddle that dropped into the river ended up on an island about 50 yards down river.
"I actually ended up down the river a little bit of ways and the rescue team came and grabbed me with the rescue boat," Carpenter said. "They did a real good job, it was cool."
Nobody was hurt in the incident, but only the four-year-old was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.
The Benton County Sheriff's Department wants to remind people to make sure and where life jackets when using the river, and to watch out for floating debris while the river is so high.