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Rescuers save raft group and canoeists

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Rescuers helped pull a rafting group and two men to safety after their watercrafts overturned in separate incidents on the Weber River.

Davis and Weber Search and Rescue crews were called Saturday afternoon to an area of the river about a mile west of U.S. 89 where the men had been stranded on a midstream island of high ground and trees after losing their canoe."Why they were in a canoe is totally beyond me," Davis Sheriff's Lt. Roger Anderson.

Anderson said the two men, identified as David Jordan of Layton and Brent Allen of South Ogden, were spotted by a man who was fishing on the river bank and used his cellular phone to call the Davis Sheriff's Department.

Later in the afternoon, Morgan County Search and Rescue helped more than 20 members of a rafting group out of the river after their raft overturned near the Croyden exit of Interstate 84, said Morgan County Sheriff Bert Holbrook.

The accident occurred when a group of rafts from the Park City Rafting Company attempted to beach. All of the members of the raft that were thrown into the water safely floated to shore, said Park City Raft guide Kory Hooker.

One woman was treated for small bruises and scraped feet she received while walking along a railroad track to meet the rest of the group, said Dr. Vern Kilbourn of Morgan County Search and Rescue.

A flood watch has been issued on the Weber River between Echo Reservoir and Mountain Green.

The level of the river has fallen slightly since Friday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Randy Graham. Melting snow in the mountains will have some effect on the river level, but not much, she said.

The forecast for the next few days calls for warm, sunny weather.