- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—ELLENSBURG — Kitittas County sheriff’s deputies and rescue volunteers helped an injured hiker and a boater in distress during separate incidents this weekend.

On Saturday, a Yakima man called for help because high winds on the Columbia River were pushing his disabled jet boat toward the cliffs on the Grant County side of the river near Wanapum State Park, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

A ski rope had been sucked into the jet pump, causing the boat to lose power, the news release said.

Jeffrey Swan, 41, of Yakima, another man, and three children were on board; all were wearing life jackets, the release said.

Using a personal watercraft, a marine deputy towed the boat to a boat launch just north of Wanapum Dam, authorities said.

On Sunday, a Vancouver woman suffered a possible broken ankle while hiking on Manashtash Ridge.

Martha Suronen, 49, was descending from near the top of the Westberg Trail when she fell and hurt herself, the news release said. Search and rescue volunteers hiked to her location and carried her out to the trailhead, south of Thorp. She was then taken to KVH Hospital in Ellensburg for treatment.


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