'We could have died': Woman describes rescue from raging river
EVERSON, Wash. -- A rescue unfolded on the Nooksack River near Everson after three people, including a 10-year-old boy, went tubing.
The rescue, which is captured on video, is as dramatic as Lacey Devries remembers it.
A little boy is seen clinging to an NAS Whidbey rescuer hanging from a helicopter, while Devries and the boy's brother hold onto a branch.
“You see this all over the news but you never ever think it's going to happen to you,” Devries said. “Hectic, very hectic, it was crazy, emotions were everywhere."
Devries said the brothers, age 10 and 20, had been tubing when a rope tying the two brothers’ tubes together got caught in a tree.
She said the tubes flipped over and the brothers got swept away.
"His older brother was trying to hold him up in the water but I could see that they were struggling,” Devries said.
Devries said she and her boyfriend got out and ran to help the brothers. They jumped into the water and Devries ended up getting stranded with them for more than two hours.
“I have a son that's the same age as him and I just kept putting myself in my son's position,” Devries said. “What he would be feeling like in that moment. How scared he would be and jumped into mama mode."
Devries said the rescuer wanted to get her first because she was in a more dangerous spot, but she told him to get the 10-year-old boy first.
She said she held on tight to get back to her family.
"We could have died,” Devries said. “I think we're part of the lucky ones.”