Federal Way man dies rafting on Skykomish River

A Federal Way rafter died after falling into the Skykomish River east of Gold Bar on Sunday.

James C. Bryant, 33, was rafting the river in a group with a company based out of Peshastin.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 3:45 p.m. to a report of the rafter being given CPR after going into the water near Boulder Drop. He was reportedly wearing appropriate gear, such as a life jacket and helmet.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Bryant died of cardiac arrest related to cold water exposure.



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