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2 WHITEWATER RAFTERS KILLED, 10 RESCUED IN GORGE

A surge of foaming, swirling water roared through a narrow gorge, killing two whitewater rafters and forcing 10 people to cling for life to the mossy, 1,800-foot walls overnight.

Helicopters lowered rescuers on wires Monday into the gorge, as narrow as 20 feet in spots, to pull out survivors from along a treacherous stretch of southwestern Oregon's Illinois River known as the Green Wall.

The only other traces of Sunday's accident were two empty, overturned rafts floating three miles down river.

The surge was caused by heavy rain and snow melt that more than doubled the water volume on the river in a day and a half.

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