Man rescued after falling from kayak in Wenatchee River

Man drowns in Wenatchee River

The dangers of fast-moving rivers became readily apparent Sunday after a kayaker had to be rescued on the Wenatchee River in the Sleepy Hollow area.

It was a stark reminder that area rivers, fed by spring mountain runoff, may be ideal for whitewater fun, but they also can be dangerous.

In this case, a man kayaking with his 10-year-old son fell into the frigid river about 5 p.m. and became stranded on a sandbar in the middle of the river, said Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

The man “was not comfortable crossing through the current,” Reinfeld said.

Sheriff’s office rescue personnel, with assistance from Chelan County Fire District 2, were able to use a small boat to retrieve the man from the sandbar.

The child, who was in a separate kayak was found safe about a half-mile further down the river. Both the father and son were wearing flotation devices.