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Recovery Efforts Continue for Othello Man and 6-Year-Old Son

Recovery efforts continue at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Grant County Sheriff's Office

NEAR WARDEN, Wa – The recovery efforts for the Othello man and his six-year-old son lasted until sundown on Saturday and will continue Sunday. Columbia Basin Dive Rescue aided in the search on Saturday along with several hours of drone flights. Their bodies have not yet been recovered.

Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported on Saturday that one child had been hospitalized, a sibling was dead, and their 31-year-old father and 6-year-old brother had not been located after their canoe capsized in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge on Friday.

The ten-year-old was able to make it to shore but the father and two siblings did not resurface. Family members became concerned when the group did not return and went searching for the missing. Family members found the ten-year-old along the shore and called 911 summoning rescuers just before 11:00 pm.

The ten-year-old was transported to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake for treatment. Rescuers recovered the body of the eight-year-old male.

Sunday’s efforts include more dive missions, an underwater drone, and water search dogs.

The name of the family will be withheld until the recovery operations are complete.