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U.S. Coast Guard rescues rafters on Sandy River

The rafters are home safe after a cold night spent on a sandbar -


SUBMITTED PHOTO - The rafters are home safe.Four river rafters are back home safe after spending a cold night on the Sandy River, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Cody West, 27, Chris Penhall, 30, Tevin Cotton, 23, and Cory Hood, 34 — each a resident of Vancouver, Wash. — were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on Tuesday, Aug. 16 after going missing the previous night.

According to a press release, the four adventure seekers departed from Oxbow Park around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, with plans to meet two friends at Dabney State Park. When they didn’t show by 11 p.m., their friends called police.

In reality, the rafters were safely stowed on a sandbar a few miles upstream. They had a limited supply of food and water, and even managed to spark a small fire. The Coast Guard spotted them around 5:30 a.m., and transported them to Troutdale Airport.