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Rafter Disappears in Klickitat River

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Klickitat County Sheriff Deputies are looking for a rafter who disappeared while floating in the Klickitat river. Klickitat County Sheriff Deputies are looking for a rafter who disappeared while floating in the Klickitat river.
UPDATE/KLICKITAT COUNTY, WA - It's been a busy past couple of weeks for search and rescue crews dealing with water-related incidents.

And now volunteers are back out in Klickitat County searching for a missing Oregon man.

It just goes to show you that fast moving water can be very dangerous. Klickitat County Sheriff's Deputies said the rafters from Oregon were very experienced outdoorsman. They were both properly prepared, wearing life-jackets and wetsuits.

Two experienced rafters dealt with a crisis last Saturday when their raft capsized in the Klickitat River. 41-year-old Chad Saunders eventually made it to shore.

"He's clearly shaken up about the incident and what happened," said Patrol Sergeant Joe Riggers with the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office.

But 45-year-old Steven Revier is still out there.

"We consider him missing at this point," said Sgt. Riggers. "He's got considerable experience in rafting and the outdoors. He's got everything in his favor of showing that he'd have the skills to be able to fend for himself for a while."

As rescue crews entered their third day of the search, volunteers went on foot, in kayaks and on horses.

We asked crews about another incident that happened seven yeas ago just a mile away from where this one happened near the fish hatchery.

"It was a very similar incident," said Sgt. Riggers. "It was back in 2007 I believe, and it was actually a contracted kayaking company, and they'd had a raft overturn with multiple individuals in it."

Crews said they were able to rescue several people but one did drown.

Deputies tell me that during this time of the year, water tends to be faster moving and much more dangerous.

Search and rescue crews said they know people want to head to the water when it warms up like this, but always make safety a priority. Be familiar with the area and what the conditions are like before heading out.

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KLICKITAT COUNTY, WA - Klickitat County Sheriff Deputies are looking for a rafter who disappeared while floating in the Klickitat river.

Deputies say two people were on a raft that overturned in the water on Sunday near the Yakima and Klickitat County lines. One rafter swam to shore and called for help.

The Yakima County Swift Water Rescue team searched the water and recovered the raft, but found no sign of the missing person.

Deputies haven't released the names or ages of the people involved.