A 70-year-old woman was rescued from the Deschutes River Sunday after she was thrown from her raft while navigating the Big Eddy rapids.
Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the swift water rescue incident just after 3 p.m. on Sunday. It was thrown from a raft operated by her son-in-law as they were descending through the Big Eddy rapids.
The woman was able to self rescue to river right on the lava flow side, and was uninjured. She was wearing a life jacket.
Bend Fire and Rescue with assistance from rafting companies Sun Country and Inn of the Seventh Mountain developed a plan to help bring the patient back across the river safely using the fire departments raft and personnel from each agency.
The cooperation and communication between the fire department and the commercial rafting companies was essential to the success of this rescue. Bend Fire and Rescue would like to thank them for their assistance and to the individual that paddled one of our personnel across the river above the rapids so we could access the patient.
Whitewater rafting can be dangerous, please make sure that if you are rafting the river to follow all the rules, scout the rapids before you go through them and always wear a life jacket.