King County marine crews found the body of a man in the Green River Saturday evening, about three hours after the raft he was in got into trouble.
Authorities responded to reports of a raft in trouble near Kanaskat-Palmer State Park about 2:35 p.m. Saturday, said Paula Smith, a King County Sheriff’s communication supervisor.
“There were three people in the raft, and two got out when they got in trouble,” Smith said.
A King County rescue chopper spotted the overturned raft downstream about 5:15 p.m., and marine rescuers reached it 10 minutes later. The victim was found 45 minutes later.
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Sheriff’s officials had no more information about the man’s identity or the precise circumstances of the accident, but said it’s easy to underestimate the rafting risks this early in the season.