80-year-old man pulled from Snohomish River after rowing boat capsizes

EVERETT, Wash. — Everett firefighters rescued an 80-year-old man from a river after his rowing boat capsized Monday morning.

Firefighters were called just before 8 a.m. for a report of a water rescue on the Snohomish River near the Dagmar’s Marina, located in the 1800 block of Ross Avenue.

According to fire officials, the man, an experienced rower, called 911 and said his rowing shell had capsized.

The man said he was not hurt but was cold. He had floated down the river for several minutes before he caught a wood pylon near the shore and waited to be rescued, firefighters said.

Firefighters launched a drone to help in the search for the man.

After 30 minutes of being in the water, rescuers found the man and took him to Providence Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for hypothermia and later released.

The man’s rowing boat was also recovered.

Firefighters said the incident was a good reminder to wear a life jacket when on the water.