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Kayaker Injured In The Little White Salmon River

Kayaker Injured in the Little White Salmon River


On April 16, 2016 at approximately 3:25 pm, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a kayaker had injured his back going over a falls in the Little White Salmon River near Underwood, Washington. The reporting party advised several other kayakers are with the victim, awaiting assistance.

Deputies, Skamania County EMS, Fire District #1, and Fire District #3 responded to the scene, located at or near milepost 2 on Cook Underwood Road, approximately 12 miles east of Stevenson, Washington. The area in question has limited access, and the victim was located at the bottom of a steep ravine. Additional manpower was requested from Fire District #2 as well as from our local search & rescue volunteers.

Skamania County EMS was able to reach the patient, Pirmin Dlugosch, 24, a citizen of Germany. A request was made for a helicopter extraction, and the United State Coast Guard responded. Dlugosch was hoisted to the air ship and flown directly to OSHU for treatment.

The information obtained from witnesses at the scene was Dlugosch had just gone over a water fall and hit the lower pool at an odd angle injuring his back. He was unable to continue, requiring rescue.

“The location of this incident is at the bottom of a very steep ravine, making access very difficult. Our local EMS professionals and volunteer first responders did an excellent job with this rescue, making sure we had a positive outcome to this incident,” said Undersheriff Pat Bond.