Three People Rescued Friday from Columbia River

The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office releasing information today about three people rescued Friday evening on the Columbia River.

Around 5 p.m. Friday, the Benton County Sheriff's Office requested assistance in locating three people who were reportedly in a sinking inflatable raft between the Sand Station Recreation Area and the Washington border.  Two Umatilla County Sheriff Deputies responded and spotted the raft, which was still afloat, and its occupants.

The Umatilla County Sheriff Marine Patrol launched a boat and safely rescued the three people in very windy conditions with five foot swells on the river.  The three were identified as 20-year-old Roel Guzman, 21-year-old Sara Rolan and 16-year-old Alexander Rolon -- all from Washington.  Deputies noted that the group was in a very small raft without the proper number of life jackets on board.  Conditions were also too hazardous for a raft of that size to safely navigate the river.