Divers with Columbia Basin Dive Rescue searched again Tuesday afternoon for a 14-year-old Finley boy who is presumed drowned near Burbank late Saturday.
Spokesman Scott Ruppelius said the volunteer agency put divers in the water in an area of the Snake River just south of the Highway 12 bridge to look for Timmy Bowden.
“We’re going to do one more dive operation based on another witness description,” he said.
Timmy Bowden was barbecuing with family and friends in Burbank before he went with his father James Bowden, his sister’s boyfriend and two family friends to go fishing.
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Tayly Stegen of Burbank, Timmy’s sister, said she wasn’t at the park at the time of the accident, but as soon as the five people were in the boat — described as a 16-foot johnboat — and it moved away from the dock, the boat sank.
All but Timmy Bowden are known to have made it to shore.
Dive Rescue was called to the boat ramp at Hood Park just before midnight Saturday. No one on the boat was wearing a life jacket, Ruppelius has said. The sunken boat was found 25 feet from the dock.
The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard searched the river along with Dive Rescue much of Sunday. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office used its SARbot, an underwater search robot, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife also had a boat searching the water.
Dive Rescue visited the area briefly Monday morning. Three citizens from Kennewick and Burbank also searched the river Monday, but they were called off after contacting the sheriff’s office about performing their own dive to search for the missing teen.
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