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The incident occured near the Austin Hot Springs, 32 miles east of Estacada on the Mt. Hood National Forest

COURTESY PHOTO - The Clackamas Water Rescue Consortium responded to an incident near Austin Hot Springs on the Mt. Hood National Forest this weekend.

Two people were rescued from the Clackamas River near the Austin Hot Springs on the Mt. Hood National Forest this weekend.

At 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, Mike Michell, a 41-year-old resident of Milwaukie, and Melissa Albee, a 52-year-old resident of Warren, Ore., told responders their kayak capsized in the Clackamas River near the hot springs 32 miles east of Estacada.

After seeing the two waving a towel and calling for help, callers drove to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station to reach 911, since there is no cell phone service in the area.

Rescuers used a raft to cross the river and bring Michell and Albee to safety. They were both uninjured.

The Clackamas Water Rescue Consortium responded to the incident. The consortium includes Clackamas Fire District 1, American Medical Response, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.


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