First responders from around Pierce County rescued seven people who got into trouble while floating the Puyallup River on Wednesday afternoon.
Crews were dispatched about 4:30 p.m. to the river near the Sumner water treatment plant, 13114 63rd St. E., according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.
Of the people who were rescued, two were in the water, and two small children wearing life jackets were on an inner tube, East Pierce Fire announced in a Twitter post. The group was rescued about 5 p.m.
Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Gary Sanders, a member of the department's swift-water rescue team, said the people were on rafts and inner tubes tied together when some began to lose air.
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Sanders advised against tying rafts or inner tubes together when floating rivers.
"If one goes down, it's going to pull all of them — or if it gets caught in a strainer, really, really bad stuff can happen," Sanders said.
"It's not like Wild Waves, where you can turn off the water pressure. The river is relentless. It never recedes."