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May 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Man dies in Green River rafting accident

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.

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.

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