Tags: waterfall | rescue | swimmer | trapped | rushing | water

Waterfall Rescue: Swimmer's Legs Trapped by Rocks in Rushing Water

Image: Waterfall Rescue: Swimmer's Legs Trapped by Rocks in Rushing Water
In this July 14, 2014 photo released by the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Skamania County sheriff's deputies and firefighters rescue John Napierkowski, bottom right, who was trapped in the water at Dougan Falls on the Washougal River in Washougal, Washington.

By    |   Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 06:08 AM

A swimmer trapped for an hour in rushing water at the base of a waterfall after his legs got caught in rocks was rescued by sheriff's deputies and firefighters southwestern Washington.

The Skamania County sheriff's office said John Napierkowski, 19, was rescued in a pool near the bottom of Dougan Falls on the Washougal River, reported The Associated Press.

Napierkowski had gone swimming with friends when his legs became trapped in big rocks at the bottom of the natural pool below the waterfall, Sheriff Dave Brown said Tuesday.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"The force of the water pushes you right into them," Brown said.

The sheriff's office received a call shortly after 8 p.m. Monday that the Washougal man was trapped in chest-deep water in the popular swimming hole.

"The first thing we do is try to keep him above water," Brown said

Emergency crews tied ropes to the man, and also gave him a life jacket, Brown said. Then they gave him a harness and attached an additional rope.

"First responders then began pulling on the rope from upriver and were able to free Napierkowski," said a press release from the sheriff's office.

Napierkowski was taken to a hospital because he was trapped in the water for about an hour and was lethargic from the cold. Brown estimated the water temperature at 60 degrees or less.

"The water was putting a beat down on his body," Brown said.

The incident occurred about 30 miles east of the Portland, Oregon, area.

Napierkowski, who could not be immediately reached for comment, is not the first person to become trapped in the area below the falls. Four years ago, a 14-year-old boy from Wilsonville, Oregon, got his leg trapped between boulders in the river below Dougan Falls. The water in that case reached to the boy's nose before he was rescued.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
A swimmer trapped for an hour in rushing water at the base of a waterfall after his legs got caught in rocks was rescued by sheriff's deputies and firefighters southwestern Washington.
waterfall, rescue, swimmer, trapped, rushing, water
331
2014-08-16
Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 06:08 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved