- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old Lynnwood man drowned in a rafting accident on the Yakima River.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Tylor McFarland, his 17-year-old sister, another friend and a dog were thrown from the raft late Friday when it struck a log.

The survivors lost sight of McFarland as they swam to shore. Divers found his body about four hours later.

Deputies retrieved the dog, which had been stranded on a bank opposite the survivors.

The survivors told investigators they stay at a family cabin west of Cle Elum and float the river often. The tree they struck had fallen across the current sometime in the last week.

Undersheriff Clayton Myers says the rafters had been drinking alcohol and none were wearing life jackets.

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