(Kennewick, WA) — A man stranded on a jet ski for three hours along the Columbia River was rescued by crews from the Pasco Fire Department Sunday. Captain Ron Fryer says this happened when the victim ran out of gas and began drifting. A Pasco Fire boat was able to the reach the victim at 8:43pm and get them to shore for a medical evaluation. There were several agencies involved in this rescue effort: Benton County Fire District No.1, Pasco Fire Department, Walla Wall Fire District No.5, Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Coast Guard.
Fire Agencies Report Increased Activity
Because of the warm weather, Benton County Fire District One says more people will be on the water and they want to remind you it is the law to carry the following on board every watercraft
• Life jackets— U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets, of the right size and type, for everyone on board
• A sounding device—horn, whistle, or bell
• A white navigation light—during low visibility such as fog, heavy rain, dawn, or dusk
• Nighttime visual distress signal—such as flares (required on federal waterways only)