A teenage boy is presumed drowned after the boat he was in capsized on the Snake River late Saturday night.
The boy’s name and hometown were not available this afternoon.
Columbia Basin Dive Rescue was called to the Hood Park boat launch near Burbank just before midnight Saturday.
Several adults and the teen had been fishing near the boat launch just upstream of the Highway 12 bridge.
The adults in the boat made it to shore but not the teen, said Scott Ruppelius, spokesman for Dive Rescue.
None were wearing life jackets, he said.
Dive Rescue searched for several hours early this morning and then returned during daylight and searched until shortly before 4 p.m.
The Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard were on scene through the night.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office also was on the river, using the SARbot, an underwater search and rescue robot, purchased earlier this year after two years of fundraising by Franklin County officials.
At least six boats were searching the Snake River Sunday afternoon.
The boat was located about 25 yards from the boat launch and divers could be seen entering the water near it. It had not been brought to the surface by midafternoon.
Law enforcement was restricting access to part of the Snake River today, but the boat launch remained open.
A group of apparent family and friends stood in an area marked off by yellow police tape at the boat launch, watching the search and hugging each other.
Dive Rescue volunteers plan to return Tuesday to perform an underwater search, Ruppelius said.
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