Man rescued off Green River near Covington after spending the night naked on an island | Breaking news
June 13, 2012 · Updated 12:48 PM
Mountain View Fire and Rescue (MVFR) and King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) rescued a man and his dog off of the Green River this morning after they spent a full night on a small island.
The man and his dog were in a small, inflatable raft last night when they fell into the river.
They ended up on the small island in the middle of the river. The man took off his wet clothes to avoid hypothermia and spent the night naked waiting for help.
Construction workers heard the man yelling this morning but could not get close enough to communicate with him.
The construction workers then asked a fisherman with waders to get closer to the man to see if he needed help.
They immediately called 9-1-1 once they learned he needed to be rescued.
King County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Mountain View Fire and Rescue’s Swiftwater Rescue Team used an inflatable rescue board to wade across the river to the man and his dog.
They helped the man off the island within a few minutes and he was transported to the hospital to treat his injuries and try to warm him up.
According to MVFR, his wife called police to report the 51-year-old man missing at 2 a.m. last night. Auburn Police searched for the man near his house but were not able to find him.
MVFR Spokesperson Tim Perciful is recommending that people always wear life jackets anytime they are on the water and to communicate with someone whenever they are going to be near the water so they know the location, along with contact information and when they expect to be home.