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Man rescued from base of raging waterfall

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies and firefighters have rescued a man who was trapped in rushing water at the base of a southwestern Washington waterfall after one of his legs got caught in some rocks.

The Skamania County sheriff's office says 19-year-old John Napierkowski was rescued Monday night from the bottom of Dougan Falls on the Washougal River.

The sheriff's office received a call shortly after 8 p.m. that the Washougal man was trapped near the falls in chest-deep water and couldn't move his legs.

First responders tied ropes and a harness to the man and were able to free him.

Napierkowski was taken to a hospital because he was trapped in the cold water for about an hour and was lethargic.

Authorities didn't say how his leg got stuck. However, the pool below the waterfall about 30 miles east of the Portland, Oregon, area is a popular swimming hole.

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pgrfr July 16 2014 at 4:30 AM

Such 'dramatic' photos..'raging' waterfall! Man I hate getting sucked in by these lead ins.

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tma2c pgrfr July 16 2014 at 12:42 PM

My feelings too

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jktkw July 15 2014 at 6:32 PM

someone smack him across the face for being so stupid

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purplistik jktkw July 15 2014 at 7:00 PM

ONLY from your statement jktkw “someone smack him across the face for being so stupid”

I can think of 2 replies.
The first is you were to late for warning. John Napierkowski.
The second is, you best start applying from the Commander and Chief down to the New Year baby.

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barryaclarke July 16 2014 at 12:15 PM

A raging waterfall? I was expecting something a tad different. Another example of AOL sensationalizing....

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IBruzEZ July 16 2014 at 8:49 AM

It says "popular swimming hole" but it doesn't look very likely to me. Stupid is what it looks like. Hope he had to pay for the rescue. Some states have what they call "stupid" laws... do something stupid you need to be rescued for and you have to pay. GOOD IDEA.!! need such everywhere.

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hensteeth IBruzEZ July 16 2014 at 11:43 AM

If we enforced stupid laws nationally about 90% of the country would be behind bars.

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petpetdon July 16 2014 at 3:54 AM

I hope he or his parents have to pay to rescue him.

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Welcome King July 15 2014 at 11:48 PM

good job workers

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loveeurope2 July 15 2014 at 11:35 PM

Once we start charging for rescues, maybe people will be a little more careful.

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petpetdon loveeurope2 July 16 2014 at 3:55 AM

Or they will die and be eliminated from the gene pool and that is a good thing.

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hensteeth loveeurope2 July 16 2014 at 11:42 AM

Loveeurope2 and petpetdon are conservatives -- I'd bet on it.

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jvt1984 July 15 2014 at 6:41 PM

Oh, you have to be ever so careful when swimming around rocks. A friend of mine, from a standing position in the water, easily dove over head first and slightly bumped his head on a rock that was underneath. Even this slight bump paralyzed him. You have to be careful when swimming where there are rocks and other things you cannot see under water. My daughter stepped on a shard of glass that became lodged at the base of her big toe and had to be surgically removed. How much I would like for people who throw glass and other dangerous items in swimming places to be punished. They are just mean.

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tma2c July 16 2014 at 12:42 PM

A nice rescue and all but really ---raging? These story writers are really pushing it

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