Water rescue along Bogachiel River near Forks

  • Tue Nov 27th, 2018 6:36pm
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On Nov. 27, 2018, at about 11:30 a.m. Deputies responded to the area of Smith Road and Highway 101 south of Forks where it was reported that a woman had tried to catch her dog as it floated down the Bogachiel River. Pencom dispatchers were told the woman and dog had floated down river and it was unknown if the woman had been able to save her dog or get out of the river. Deputies responding from the Forks area requested Fire and ambulance personnel be dispatched to the area located near Smith Road and Highway 101 in an attempt to locate the woman and her dog.

Clallam County Deputies arrived a short time later along with members of the Forks Police Department, Lapush Police Department, Quileute wildlife Officers, Forks Fire crews from Districts one and six, Forks ambulance personnel, members of the Northwest Indian Fisheries and members from Quileute Natural Resources.

Forks Aid crews located the woman along the Bogachiel River about three-quarters of a mile downstream from the Bogachiel River Bridge located along Highway 101. The woman’s dog was found by Forks Aid crews a short time later. The woman was identified as being 43-year-old Forks resident Heidi Wenberg.

Wenberg told Deputies she was playing with her dogs near the Bogachiel River Bridge when one of her dogs jumped into the flooded river. Wenberg ran down river a short distance, grasped a tree and tried to reach out into the river in an attempt to grab her dog as it floated by but she was unable to safely reach the dog. Wenberg then drove westbound along Smith Road before running along the river bank to look for her dog as it floated down river.

Forks Aid crews reunited Wenberg with her dog which was a seven-year-old Boxer female named Jasmine. Wenberg was cold and wet but was otherwise unharmed. Wenberg was very thankful to be going home with both of her seven-year-old Boxer females named Jasmine and Mia.