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Kayaker drowns on White Salmon River



FIGHTING THE WATER: Search and Rescue personnel struggle to reach a kayaker trapped under swift water Wednesday on the White Salmon River.

Klickitat County Search and Rescue (SAR) along with other rescue agencies ventured out this last week on another perilous mission, but unlike an expedition earlier in the summer, this one ended in tragedy.

At about 8 p.m. last Wednesday, Aug. 1, Klickitat County 911 Dispatch received a report of a kayaker who had become wedged underwater in a log jam on the White Salmon River, about two miles north of BZ Corner.

SAR team members responded and assessed the situation. The location was in a stretch of heavy rapids, within a 100-foot gorge, shanked by cliffs in an area with very limited access. The victim was identified as 27-year-old Christopher Alan Schwer of Morgantown, W.V. Schwer had be...

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