At approximately 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2012, Klickitat County 911 dispatch received a report of a kayaker who had become wedged underwater in a log jam on the White Salmon River, about two miles north of BZ Corners.
Klickitat County Search and Rescue team members responded and assessed the situation. The location was in a stretch of heavy rapids with a deep gorge, flanked by cliffs in an area with very limited access.
The victim was identified as 27-year-old Christopher Alan Schwer of Morgantown, W.V. He had been kayaking with local friends when the accident occurred.
Nineteen Klickitat County SAR, five Skamania County's Wind River SAR and seven Wet Planet rafters joined together and launched a recovery mission on Aug. 2. Though the efforts of the volunteers trained in high angle and swift water rescue, the body was recovered at about 7 p.m.
Persons interested in becoming a volunteer Search and Rescue member, call 773-4455.
A Husum man was injured in a pickup vs. motorcycle accident on Aug. 3, 2012, at approximately 3:30 p.m. The accident occurred on SR 141 at milepost 5.7.
According to the report, Robert R. Odell, 63, Husum, was stopped on his 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, making a left turn from SR 141 onto Wallace Road. Isidro P. Sanchez, 39, Husum, was distracted and struck the rear of the Harley with his 1995 Ford Ranger pickup.
Odell suffered abrasions and a sore hip and was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon. Sanchez was not injured.
Sanchez was cited for following too close.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Aug. 1, 2012, at approximately 4:40 p.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of State Route 14 and SR 197, The Dalles Bridge junction.
According to the report, Destiny M. Stohler, 16, Lyle, was driving her 2002 Saturn northbound on SR 197. She failed to yield to eastbound traffic on SR 14 and collided with a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Jake J. Garcia, 26, Goldendale.
Stohler suffered neck and back injuries and was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.
A passenger in her vehicle, Margaret M. Stohler, 54, Lyle, also suffered neck and back injuries and was transported to MCMC.
Garcia was not injured.
Destiny Stohler was charged with failure to yield.
On Aug. 6, 2012, at approximately 9 a.m., the Wasco County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of 19-year-old James Hawkins of Eugene, Ore., who had been missing since Sunday while swimming in the Columbia River.
The victim was recovered with the assistance of the Skamania County Dive Team just west of Water's Edge in The Dalles.
On Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at approximately 5:30 p.m. a 911 call was received regarding a swimmer in distress.
According to the male's companions, he swam from the Oregon side to a small island near the base of The Dalles Bridge.
The Dalles Bridge spans the river from Oregon to Washington and is commonly known as US Highway 197.
While swimming back to the Oregon side, the male was pulled downriver by a strong current. He was last seen approximately 150 yards west of the bridge by his companion.
The man had not been using any type of flotation device.
Emergency responders from Wasco County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police were on scene within minutes of the 911 call. A search and rescue boat from the sheriff's office and a jet boat from the Oregon State Police were deployed in an attempt to locate the missing person. An additional three boats responded to the scene, one from the Sherman County Sheriff's Office. All personnel spanned the area in an attempt to locate the swimmer but were unsuccessful.
Rescue efforts continued throughout the evening until it became too dark to safely navigate.