SAR retrieves body of kayaker



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.

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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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