Umatilla County Fire District 1 conducted a water rescue in the Umatilla County river on the evening of Monday, July 27.

According to a news release from the district, emergency crews responded to the the river near Umatilla for a report of a person who was stranded in the river after reportedly hitting a rock while cliff jumping.

The release stated the patient had suffered “severe, non-life threatening injuries” that caused them to be unable to get to safety on their own power. UCFD1 reported it took 90 minutes for two command rigs, two engine companies, and a rope rescue team to rescue the patient.

The fire district put out a reminder for people to practice caution around water as temperatures continue to rise, and to remember that murky water can be hiding submerged objects. Many popular cliff jumping locations also have turbulent conditions that can suck people underwater, and hypothermia is still possible even when the air around the river is hot.

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