Pierce team to assist in river search
30, 2003 By JOHN BRANTON, Columbian staff writer
Officials in Skamania County today plan to use a
sophisticated rope system in an attempt to recover the body of a
32-year-old woman who was thrown from a raft in the Wind River on
Lauren Orton of Portland was missing and presumed
drowned near High Bridge, two miles north of Carson, said Skamania
County Sheriff Dave Brown.
Immediately after the raft hit a rock and threw
her out, Orton was carried over a 6-foot waterfall.
Orton's life jacket and helmet floated to the
surface nearby. Searchers looked two miles downstream, finding nothing.
They now suspect the body is trapped under the waterfall in water too
turbulent for scuba divers.
A whitewater rescue team from the Pierce County
Sheriff's Office was scheduled to arrive this morning, Brown said.
Under the plan, they would set up a rope system,
then suspend a small raft over the surging water. A person in the raft
would use a probe to find and dislodge the body.