The body recovered from the Columbia River on Saturday night has been identified as Luis Alfredo Garcia Munoz.
The 24-year-old man went missing Wednesday in Grant County, and his body floated down the river, said Candice Hermanson, Franklin County’s chief deputy coroner.
This was the 11th accidental drowning death handled by Franklin County this year, Hermanson said. The county did not have any drownings in 2014.
“I think people are misjudging the power of the river,” Hermanson told the Herald.
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A person found Garcia Munoz’s body about 7:30 p.m. Saturday near an island north of the Ringold Springs Hatchery. Deputies with the sheriff’s marine patrol responded, along with Columbia Basin Dive Rescue, said sheriff’s Cpl. Josh Bunten.
Hermanson said she was told the river current was going 20 mph when dive rescue members pulled Garcia Munoz from the water.
She could not confirm if Garcia Munoz is the man who went missing last week while rescuing swimmers from the Columbia River near Vernita Bridge.
In that case, the man dove into the river to help three juvenile swimmers who got caught in the current. He got two of them to shore before he also was caught in the current, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.