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HERMISTON — First responders from several agencies rescued two Hermiston men Sunday, April 30, who were stranded on a pair of small islands in the Umatilla River.

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office reported its dispatch at 4:48 p.m. received a report that two men attempting to kayak the Umatilla River had lost their kayaks and were stranded on separate small islands midstream near river mile 2. Both were wearing life jackets but had been stranded for more than two hours.

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