The family of a 13-year-old Pasco boy who fell into Casey Pond near Burbank huddled together with blankets wrapped around them while rescuers searched the water.
Nearly 2 1/2 hours after Christian Espinoza was last seen playing near the shoreline, divers with Columbia Basin Dive Rescue had found his body.
It's the second drowning death in the Burbank area in the past four days.
The body of Timmy Bowden, 14, of Finley, still has not been recovered from water near Hood Park. Timmy presumably drowned late Saturday after the boat he was in sank in the Snake River.
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Searchers were expected to be back in Hood Park today to continue looking for Timmy's body, said Walla Walla Sheriff John Turner.
On Wednesday, Christian was with his father and four siblings at Casey Pond, which is southeast of Burbank off Highway 12 in the McNary National Wildlife Refuge.
The family was apparently fishing in the pond, which connects to the Columbia River. Fishing poles sat on the ground near the family as they stared out at the water.
Christian was playing in the water near the shoreline wearing shorts, a T-shirt and tennis shoes, Turner said.
He was in a shallow area of the pond, but apparently did not realize that it dropped sharply just beyond where he was splashing around.
At 6:11 p.m., he slipped off the rocks, went underwater and never came back up, Turner said.
The boy's family said he didn't know how to swim, Turner said.
Walla Walla Fire District 5 crews responded to the scene and one firefighter got into a private boat to get to the area where the boy was last seen.
Fire Chief Mike Wickstrom told the Herald that the water is too shallow in the area for regular dive boats. Officials borrowed a boat to get out there, He said.
There was a language barrier between the family and first responders, Wickstrom said.
When the Walla Walla sheriff's marine patrol and volunteer divers with Columbia Basin Dive Rescue arrived, they had the family try to pinpoint where the boy was when he went under water.
Two private fishing boats also helped search the area until more resources showed up.
Franklin County sheriff's marine patrol used the SARbot, a special underwater search and rescue robot, that lets them see under the water without having to get in the water.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife also sent two boats, while a helicopter with Northwest MedStar flew close to the water to help search.
A special boat from Idaho with side-scan sonar equipment that had been searching the river in Hood Park for Timmy also went to Casey Pond.
Searchers said the water murky, but the current was very slow.
The current, however, picks up speed in the area where the water narrows under a railroad trestle as it spills into the Columbia River, Sheriff Turner said.
Divers recovered the boy's body around 8:45 p.m.
Columbia Basin Dive Rescue members spent the morning Wednesday at Hood Park searching underwater for Timmy, Turner said.
The divers were in the water until about noon. Shortly after noon Ralston & Associates, of Kuna, Idaho, got on the river with their side-scanning sonar, Tuner said.
Dive rescue personnel waited at the park for about an hour while the boat scanned the water trying to locate Timmy's body.
John Pielli, a dive rescue spokesman, said they would wait to see if the scanners find a location before they returned to the park.
No one can clearly point to where Timmy was last seen in the water, so divers are running out of places to look for him.
"At this point, we're second-guessing on what could or may have happened," said diver Ryan Hintz.
Timmy 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 late Saturday night, said his sister.
The 16-foot johnboat reportedly went under as soon as the five people entered in the boat and moved away from the dock. All but Timmy are known to have made it to shore.
No one on the boat was wearing a life jacket, authorities have said. The sunken boat was found 25 feet from the dock.
Divers made four dives Wednesday before officials with Ralston & Associates, who were called in by the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office, showed up. Pielli said the divers managed to cover an area the size of a football field.
The scanners from Idaho focused on the area of the river between the Highway 12 bridges and the railroad bridge, Pielli said. The widening river channel and strong currents continue to make it difficult for divers to search that area.
Hintz said the scanners have experience in the Mid-Columbia. They assisted in the recovery effort eight years ago after two F-18 fighter planes crashed in mid-air and landed in the Columbia River near Arlington, Ore.
"They're highly specialized," he said.
The side-scanning boat was going to be deployed on the river again today to continue the search, Sheriff Turner said.