(KOIN) — Divers and a helicopter were called in to rescue two cousins who got stranded while inner-tubing down the Toutle River near Castle Rock in Southwest Washington Tuesday night.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reports that Amanda Estay of Kelso, Wash., and her cousin, Barbara Battle of SeaTac, both in their 40s, were planning to float down the river Tuesday afternoon and get picked up by Estay’s husband, Chris Ellis, at about 5 p.m.
When Ellis arrived at the pickup point and the women were not there, he called 911. The two did not have cell phones.
Deputies responded to an area about four miles north of Castle Rock and began searching, eventually finding Estay on a small island in the middle of the river. She told them that Battle had hurt her ankle and was stuck further upstream. A Castle Rock police officer located Battle as well, but could not reach her due to the rough terrain.
The Cowlitz County Dive Rescue team was called in to rescue Estay. Meanwhile, because officers could not reach Battle, a King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was brought in to evacuate her. Battle was transported to PeaceHealth St. John’s Medical Center in Longview by ambulance for treatment for mild hypothermia and heart issues. She was later released.
The Castle Rock Police Department, Kalama Fire & Rescue and Cowlitz County Search & Rescue assisted with the operation.