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March 17, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Man rescued from car in frigid Yakima River

A man stranded in a car that went into the Yakima River near Wapato south of Yakima waits to be rescued. He was pulled to safety by a rescue boat. (Photo by Mark Morey  / The Yakima Herald-Republic)

A man stranded in a car that went into the swift and cold Yakima River near Wapato waits to be rescued Sunday. He later was pulled to safety by rescuers who pulled him into a boat.  It wasn’t clear how the car ended up in the water. (Photo by Mark Morey / The Yakima Herald-Republic)

WAPATO, Yakima County (AP) — Yakima County emergency responders rescued a man who was trapped in a car that landed in the Yakima River Sunday evening at Wapato.

A witness saw one man make it to shore, but another man was apparently trapped in the car as it filled with frigid water.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports  the sheriff’s swiftwater rescue boat arrived in time to pull him to safety. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for hypothermia and possible injuries from the accident.

Sgt. Chad Petershmick says it’s unclear how the vehicle ended up in the water. It’s also unclear why the first man left the scene, although he may have simply been going for help.

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