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Man builds makeshift raft to rescue pooch from White River

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
April 17, 2012 5:24 pm

A man built a driftwood raft Sunday to rescue his dog from White River but had to summon a rescue team for himself after getting stuck.

The incident started about 5 p.m. Sunday when two men and the dog, Dozer, were hanging out on the riverbank between Auburn and Enumclaw.

The dog leaped into the water to investigate a splash and was carried about 200 yards downstream. His owner spotted Dozer on a sandbar moments later and created a makeshift raft out of driftwood and shoestrings.

The man and his dog were stuck on opposite sides of the river for about four hours before the man called 911, according to Mountain View Fire & Rescue.

The department’s swiftwater rescue team rescued both the man and Dozer.

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