Fisherman dies after boat flips on Skykomish River


GOLD BAR, Wash. -- A 57-year-old man from the Sultan area died Saturday morning after the boat he and another man were in flipped in the Skykomish River, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

About 5 a.m. Saturday, crews responded to the river near Gold Bar after a report that the boat the two fishermen were in had overturned.

One of the men was able to make it to shore and call for help. The other was later located and found dead in the river about a half mile downstream from the Big Eddy Boat Launch.

The Sheriff's Office says that the two reportedly launched their drift boat in the river just after 4 a.m. at the Big Eddy Boat Launch.

They then drifted about half a mile downstream where the river's current pinned the boat against the rock, causing it to flip over.

River levels are high this time of year with water temperatures at about 45 degrees, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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