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Rescuers spend night with rafters stranded on Sandy River

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Oxbow Park in Clackamas County (KPTV file photo) Oxbow Park in Clackamas County (KPTV file photo)

Members of Clackamas County's water rescue team spent the night with an elderly couple who got stranded while rafting with their family on the Sandy River.

According to Clackamas Fire District No. 1, rescuers were called out to the river around 8:30 p.m. Friday night when a raft carrying a family of six got stuck on some rocks.

The family reported one of the people in the raft was possibly experiencing a diabetic issue.

As emergency crews made their way to the river, a LifeFlight helicopter arrived at the scene and landed on a sand bar near the raft.

The LifeFlight crew was able to provide the family with blankets while they awaited the water rescue team's arrival.

Once the rescue team made it to the scene, they were able to free the raft and floated with the family downriver to the next trail head.

Four of the six people in the raft were able to hike out to the road but two elderly family members could not and stayed behind with rescuers, who decided to stay there for the night since it was late and dark.

In the morning, the rescuers and the two remaining family members safely floated to Oxbow Park.

A Clackamas County deputy then drove the couple to their vehicle.

Firefighters said other than being cold and tired, everyone involved was doing fine.

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