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Roy Webster Cross Channel Scenes

High-fiving swimmers, a safety flotilla of paddlers and other craft, and supporters on shore converged on the Oregon side of the Columbia Sept. 3 as 464 swimmers in “Jump In!” caps completed the mile crossing, after literally jumping in, from the sternwheeler, near Bingen, Wash. Reaching the beach was a relief. Volunteers waded as deep as four feet of water to help swimmers make it over submerged rocks and to the beach. On shore, support came from groups including Leaders for Tomorrow from HRVHS, who formed a “fire brigade” line and organized bagged swimmers’ gear by number for retrieval after the race. Nadia Smith, 17, of Goldendale, who swims with Hood River Swim Team, was first to finish.

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