UPDATE, 9:55 p.m. | The missing kayaker has been located, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. He wasn’t injured.
ORIGINAL POST | Dive teams from the King and Snohomish county sheriffs’ offices are searching for a kayaker who went into the water after his boat capsized on the Beckler River east of Skykomish this evening.
Teams were notified around 7 p.m. that a 69-year-old man had been kayaking on the Beckler River when his boat capsized. He was last seen holding on to a branch in the river, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said.
A King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter assisted with the search but was grounded around 8:45 p.m. because of weather.
Because of holiday traffic congestion on Highway 2, emergency responders are asking that drivers use extra caution when driving by emergency-response vehicles, the Sheriff’s Office said.