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July 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Woman drowns inner-tubing with grandson in Nisqually River

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — The Thurston County sheriff’s office says a woman drowned over the weekend while inner-tubing with her teenage grandson on the Nisqually River.

The News Tribune reports that the 58-year-old woman died early Sunday at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, where she was taken after bystanders performed CPR.

Witnesses heard commotion and found the woman hanging onto a snag near the Riverbend Campground with her 14-year-old grandson. The sheriff’s office says neither was wearing a life vest.

The boy made it to shore, but his grandmother lost her grip and was caught on the root-ball of a fallen tree. Even though the water was shallow, deputies say the fast current kept witnesses from reaching her on foot.

Others got to her with a boat, pulled her in and started CPR.

Officials have not released her name.

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