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June 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Naked man, dog rescued from island in Green River

A man and his dog were rescued from a small island early this morning after falling into the Green River while rafting last night. Officials said the man had spent the night naked after shedding his clothes to avoid hypothermia.

Members of Mountain View and Rescue and the King County Sheriff’s Office rescued the pair around 6:48 a.m. near the 12500 block of Southeast Green Valley Road. The 51-year-old man and his dachshund mix named Ozzy had been in a small, inflatable raft last night when they fell into the river. They ended up on a small island in the middle of the river and were wet and cold.

The man’s wife reported him missing around 2 this morning, but a search near his Auburn home failed to turn up any sign of him.

A couple of construction workers heard the man yelling this morning but could not get close enough to communicate with  him. The construction workers then asked a fisherman in waders to get closer to the man to see if he needed help. They immediately called 911 when they realized the man was in trouble.

The man was transported to a hospital to treat his injuries and to warm him up.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Green River, King County Sheriff's Office, rescue

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