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Man rescued from small island near Finley after he drifted into the river

Former Councilmembers Bob Hoffman, left, and Rebecca Francik have a front row seat to a 2016 demonstration of the Pasco Fire Department’s rescue boat. The board was used to rescue a man who was swept into Columbia River from where he was fishing in Finley.
Former Councilmembers Bob Hoffman, left, and Rebecca Francik have a front row seat to a 2016 demonstration of the Pasco Fire Department’s rescue boat. The board was used to rescue a man who was swept into Columbia River from where he was fishing in Finley. Tri-City Herald

Firefighters rescued a man from a small island in the Columbia River on Tuesday afternoon after he lost control of his boat.

The 9-foot pontoon boat was just off the shore near Lechelt Road in Finley when it was pushed into the center of the river by the current.

The man was carried toward a small island in the middle of the river east of Kennewick about 1:30 p.m., according to dispatch reports.

A Pasco Fire Department rescue boat helped the man back to shore shortly after 2 p.m. They also were helped by Benton County Fire District 1.

The man was not hurt, but he was wet from the cold river.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.

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