Yesterday, Sr. Trooper King happened to be nearby, when a report of two kayakers overturned and stuck in the Wilson River calling for help, was called into Tillamook 911.
When King arrived a kayaker was at bottom of a rock, halfway submerged in the rapids, holding onto a paddle being held by the another kayaker. A rope from the kayak was wrapped around the partially submerged kayaker’s foot and was pulling him into the white water by the kayak that was further down the rapids.
A nearby resident brought rope and Trooper King tied a bowline around the individual in water. The resident then held anchor at the top of the rope, while Trooper King went to his car and retrieved his machete and med bag. When he returned, they cut the rope and pulled the man to safety.
The individual pulled from the river was severely hypothermic, so Trooper King wrapped him in a space blanket and multiple yellow blankets until medics arrived. Fire personnel, from Tillamook Fire & Rescue, packed the hypothermic individual over a chute of rapids and out the trail to their vehicles.
Timing is everything. Very lucky to have help so close by or this harrowing event could have ended very differently.