Two Yakama members drowned in Columbia River identified

Yakima, Washington (AP) May 2010

Two Yakama Nation fishermen who drowned in a fishing boat accident on the Columbia River near Wishram, Wash. have been identified.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that death notices prepared by Colonial Funeral Home of Toppenish identified them as Jessica Lewis, 29, of Wapato and Wilson LaRoque, 57, of Toppenish.

Meanwhile, search boats from the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission and the Warm Springs and Umatilla tribes searched Saturday for a third fisherman presumed drowned. They were turned back by bad weather.

Four Yakama tribal members were aboard an 18-foot boat Friday when the boat swamped in 30 miles per hour winds and high swells. A fourth man on board was able to make it to shore.



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