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BEND, OR -- A 13-year-old was rescued from class V rapids south of Bend, after he became separated from his kayak, Wednesday evening.

 

When emergency crews responded to the Lava Island Falls area on the Deschutes River, at about 5:40 p.m., the Bend teen was standing on a small rocky island and was unhurt. They determined a technical rescue was necessary, due to the nature of the rapids.

 

The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Swiftwater Team and Bend Fire’s Special Rescue Team used a raft and tether system to get him to shore.
 
DCSO says several people who reported the incident stayed with the boy until responders arrived, then helped direct authorities to the scene and hauled equipment. 

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