KITTITAS COUNTY — Kittitas County Sheriff’s Officer staff and search and rescue workers responded to two calls for help over the weekend, including helping a hiker with a possible broken ankle on the Manastash Ridge Trail, according to the sheriff’s office.

Vancouver’s Martha Suronen, 49, was coming down the Westberg trail on Sunday morning when, near the top, she fell and hurt her leg.

Deputies and volunteers hiked to her location and carried her out on a litter to the trailhead. She was taken to KVH Hospital for treatment, the sheriff’s office said.

On Saturday afternoon, Yakima’s Jeffrey Swan, 41, was out on the Columbia River near Wanapum State Park in his jet boat when a ski rope got sucked into the boat’s jet pump, according to the sheriff’s office.

The rope disabled the boat, and he called for help because the wind was pushing the boat toward the cliffs on the Grant County side of the river.

He was with another man and three juveniles on the boat. The sheriff’s office said they were all wearing life jackets.

A marine patrol deputy working on the river responded to assist and towed the crippled boat to the Grant County Public Utility District boat launch north of Wanapum Dam.


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