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SAR retrieves body of kayaker

 

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A PERILOUS RECOVERY: Klickitat County Search and Rescue faced a daunting recovery mission Sunday working to retrieve the body of a kayaker who died Friday after he became pinned in the rapids of the White Salmon River. Extricating the body was extremely dangerous and time-consuming because of the Class V stretch of water, the highest ranking of white water rapids.

A Colorado man drowned while kayaking on a difficult stretch of the upper White Salmon River, according to Klickitat County Chief Deputy Mike Kallio.

The accident occurred on May 15 in an area of Class V rapids called Zigzag. The man, identified as Logan Jauernigg, 20, of Edwards, Colo., became separated from his kayak and was pinned underwater in the rapids.

Class V is the most difficult white water to navigate according to experts. Jauernigg was the third in a group of kayakers who entered the river one at a time.

The Sheriff's office alerted Klickitat County Search and Rescue, who in turn contacted Wet Planet, a Husum based rafting company, for assistance. Several recovery attempts were made prior to dark on May 15, including lowering a rescuer over the steep river canyon wall. The team was unable to dislodge Jauernigg at the time.

Other attempts, characterized by Kallio as "high risk," were make on May 18, and Jauernigg was recovered from the river around 3 p.m.

 

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