Dispatcher sends mom to rescue

CATHLAMET — A 911 dispatcher called on her own mother to rescue a stranded boater in the Columbia River, knowing her mother could kayak to the area faster than sending the sheriff’s office patrol boat.

A 45-year-old kayaker was hanging onto a log piling Sunday afternoon after her kayak sank in swift current near a jetty, Wahkiakum County dispatcher Raedyn Grasseth told The Daily News.

The woman was paddling with a companion when her kayak sank.

“Jetties are very dangerous,” Grasseth said Monday. “The currents around them are horrible. It sounds likes her kayak just got sucked toward the jetty and went down.”

Her companion left to seek help.

The stranded woman “hung onto the jetty until she could climb up and get on to as much of the log piling as she could and waited,” Grasseth said.

Grasseth notified the sheriff’s office, then realized her mother, Cindy Faubion, and other members of her family lived nearby and could get there quicker.

“I knew they could be there within five to 10 minutes,” Grasseth said.

She called her mother, Cindy Faubion, who is a kayaker. Faubion and other family members quickly paddled to the piling in a kayak and a skiff.

The rescued woman was cold and shaken but did not require medical care.

The woman was visiting from out of town, had limited boating experience and wasn’t familiar with the treacherous waters about 30 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River.

“She’s lucky she’s alive, plain and simple,” Grasseth said.

More in Local News

It’s hard to find a parking spot at Wallace Falls State Park

There’s a study under way on how to tackle that issue and others.

At long last, a church of his own

After years of filling in elsewhere, Hallack Greider is the new pastor at Maplewood Presbyterian.

Judge: Lawmakers’ emails, texts subject to public disclosure

News organizations had sued to challenge the Legislature’s claim that members were exempt.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Outgoing councilwoman honored by Marysville Fire District

The Marysville Fire District in December honored outgoing City Councilwoman Donna Wright… Continue reading

Officials rule train-pedestrian death an accident

The 37-year-old man was trying to move off the tracks when the train hit him, police say.

Ex-Monroe cop re-arrested after losing sex crime case appeal

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was free while trying to get his conviction overturned.

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Number of flu-related deaths in county continues to grow

Statewide, 86 people have died from the flu, most of whom were 65 or older.

Most Read