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2 dead after commercial raft flips on Washington river

A guide pulled two female rafters out of the water but the two male rafters were swept downstream, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said.
/ Source: Associated Press

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Two people have died after a commercially-operated raft flipped on the North Fork of the Nooksack River in northwestern Washington.

Four customers and a guide were on the raft Tuesday afternoon when it flipped in rapids near the town of Glacier, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

The guide pulled the two female rafters out of the water but the two male rafters were swept downstream. Multiple agencies helped with search and rescue.

Kayakers affiliated with Glacier Fire on Tuesday found the body of one of the men near a log jam about a half-mile downstream.

Customs and Border Protection located the body of the second man downriver of the Highway 542 bridge on Wednesday afternoon just west of Glacier.

Both men are believed to have drowned, according to the sheriff’s office. Both were wearing wetsuits, helmets and lifejackets, officials said.

Their names haven’t been released.