- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MATTAWA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say they’ll resume searching on Wednesday for a Yakima man who rescued swimmers from the Columbia River but then got caught in the current.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says the man dove into the river near Vernita Bridge about 10 miles south of Mattawa to help three juvenile swimmers who got caught in the current. He got two of them to shore before he also was caught in the current.

Several agencies have responded, including the Grant County Search and Rescue, Grant County PUD and the Columbia Basin Dive Rescue.

They suspended the search Tuesday evening because the swift current was making the search difficult.


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