SULTAN — A fisherman from the Seattle area was rescued Monday night from the Skykomish River, where his inflatable raft got caught on a log near Sultan.
Two men had launched separate boats in Gold Bar around 2:30 p.m. and didn’t get many bites from pink salmon until it started to get dark, said Fire District 5 Chief Merlin Halverson.
“They knew they should’ve gotten out, but the fish were starting to bite,” Halverson said. “So, being fishermen, they hung in.”
One of the men got stuck on a log in the dark around 8 p.m. south of the 800 block of Dyer Road in Sultan. His friend went ashore, knocked on the door of a home and asked a resident to call for help. Fire crews brought in a boat from Monroe. After about a half-hour, the rescue team plucked the stranded man off the log and brought him to safety.
He was cold and wet, but unhurt.
Snags in the river can be dangerous in daylight, Halverson said, and even more dangerous at night.