Accident Database

Report ID# 3830

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water

Accident Description

Missing rafter identified as Oregon man

MAY 19, 2014

Yakima Herald-Republic

GoLDENDALE, Wash. — On the third day of searching, there was still no sign of the Oregon man whose raft capsized on the Klickitat River on Saturday, a spokesman for the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office said. Sgt. Joe Riggers said that the missing man had been identified as Steve Revier, a 41-year-old from Hood River. Revier and a friend were on the river on Saturday afternoon when their raft overturned. The friend, also from Oregon, was able to make his way to shore and reported the incident.

On Monday, about 15 people were involved in the search and rescue effort, Riggers said. The team was starting to narrow down areas of interest, he added. Riggers said that Revier had extensive rafting experience, including as a search and rescue volunteer, and that it appeared the two men had been using proper safety equipment on Saturday. However, the river is flowing quite high and the water temperature is probably just below 50 degrees. Frigid, fast water typically makes river recreation risky in the spring. As of Monday, the Yakima River was about 51 degrees just south of Union Gap and in the mid-40s in upper Kittitas County.

I have had several people send me messages asking about Steve Revier. As I understand it he was last seen Saturday afternoon swimming after his Shredder on the Klickitat River in Oregon. His partner self rescued and his Shredder and paddle have been recovered. Steve has amazing backcountry skills from his years doing Mountain Search and Rescue. He has worked as a Paramedic and is currently employed as a Physician Assistant. If he made it to shore - we know that he is doing everything he can to stay stable and be teams are looking hard.....Hope and prayers are appreciated for Steve...the search teams... his family and friends.

Deputies say body of missing Klickitat River rafter found


May 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM PDT

KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. -- Klickitat County deputies say they believe they have recovered the body of a missing Oregon man. 41-year-old Steven Revier of Hood River had not been seen since his raft overturned on the Klickitat River earlier this month.

The Klickitat County Sheriff's Office says it received a report of a man's body in the river around 4 p.m. Saturday, about a mile upstream from the Summit Creek Bridge. Because of the difficult terrain, a rope rescue team was sent in to recover the body. Deputies say they believe the body is that of Revier.

Revier and friend Chad Saunders were traveling down the river near the Yakima County line May 17 when their raft flipped. Saunders was able to make it to shore and report the incident, but Revier did not reach the shore.

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