Foreign travelers help rescue man from Skykomish River

The group was staying in a cabin on a private road when they spotted the man in the water.

INDEX, Wash. – A man was pulled from the Skykomish River after a group spotted him just meters from Canyon Falls and changed authorities.

Cousins ​​Zac and Samara Chan hail from the UK and are on a 3 week trip in the United States. They lived in a cabin on a private road on the Skykomish River. They spotted the man driving over a bridge near Canyon Falls.

“He was on that rock, clinging to his life. It was about two meters from Canyon Falls, that’s that waterfall that flows through that kind of rocky canyon. He looked basically insurmountable,” Zac said.

The Chans and the rest of their group got as close to the man as possible to assess the situation and reassured him they had called 911 for help.

“We wouldn’t be able to save him. We didn’t have a rope. We didn’t have any training and I didn’t want to jump in and just be another victim,” said her boyfriend Josh Kristoffersen.

Kristoffersen, who is from Washington, said a responder showed up with a rope in about eight minutes, but it took 30 minutes for the entire recue team to arrive.

“They threw the noose at him. He pulled the loop around himself with one hand and I think they just told him to let go because he just let go and they pulled him up. Half a second after letting go, he was already on the rock. It was a very quick move,” said Kristoffersen.

“It was really relieving to see them go through the whole operation because it seemed like they knew what to do,” Samara said.

At least three people died along the Skykomish River last summer.

Snohomish Fire and Rescue is well prepared for water rescues, but I hope it’s a skill they don’t have to use. This summer, due to a wet spring, the river flows high and fast.

The two travelers are now witnesses to the dangers of the Skykomish River, and the group hopes this rescue serves as a reminder to stay out of the water.

“You don’t always respect the fact that water attacking you can pin you down. He couldn’t make any headway upstream, and if he had taken one step downstream he would have been over the falls,” Kristoffersen said. Foreign travelers help rescue man from Skykomish River

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