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Stranded rafters rescued from banks of Clackamas River

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ESTACADA, OR (KPTV) -

Three rafters found themselves stranded on the Clackamas River east of Estacada until rescuers could bring them to safety Sunday.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Department said three adults were stuck on a rock outcropping across from the roadway. Someone spotted them and called for help.

Rescuers said the group got to the area around noon and put in a small raft. They immediately hit some debris, and the raft sank. The sheriff's office said it was not the proper equipment for the waterway.

All three made it to shore and built a warming fire.

Rescue crews used a raft to cross the river, put the stranded rafters in life jackets and got them back across the river. All three are OK.

None were wearing life jackets when crews found them.

The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium said with recent rain, the rivers are cold, fast, high and full of debris. They ask anyone navigating the water to wear a personal flotation device and to never go in areas that are above skill or equipment levels.

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