VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Deputies from both sides of the Columbia River are using sonar Tuesday in an attempt to locate the body of a 13-year-old Sedro-Woolley boy lost when a boat capsized while he was sturgeon fishing with his father and grandfather.
All three were thrown in the fast-moving, 56-degree water Monday as they tried to retrieve a snagged anchor and the boat sank.
The Clark County sheriff’s office says the boy is presumed drowned.
The 18-foot boat was owned by 59-year-old Robert Schmalz of Marysville who remained in a Portland hospital Tuesday but is expected to recover. His son, 34-year-old Eric Schmalz, is the boy’s stepfather. He was treated for hypothermia.
The sheriff’s office says none of the three were wearing life jackets. The men were picked up by other boaters.