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Teen gives thanks to river rescuers


A successful rescue of five people from the Klickitat River last week was applauded by a number of Goldendale Sentinel readers. Among the comments received on the Facebook page were “big thank yous to all who helped us,” from Katlynn Godwin, one of the girls helped from the river by Alan Cootes. Godwin went on to say “I have to say if it weren’t for Alan and his wife, none of us would be here to talk about it today.”

The truth of that statement was made by the comment on the web page from Michael Wellman who said: “I am so please these young people survived. Eighteen years ago my 18 year old son Nathan Wellman drowned in this same stretch.” Wellman noted that signs were put...

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