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FISHING ACCIDENT ON COLUMBIA RIVER COSTS THREE MEN’S LIVES

Late Friday night three tribal fishermen died when their small fishing vessel capsized on the Columbia River near Wisham, Washington. One man survived the accident. The fishermen were part of the Yakima tribe and were participating in a commercial gill netting season for spring run Chinook salmon. The surviving fisherman was able to swim to shore. None of the crewmen were wearing personal flotation devices. The circumstances of how the accident happened are unclear. Winds were reported to be blowing 30 miles an hour at the time of the accident. Another tribal fishing boat reportedly sank on Thursday, but those fishermen luckily escaped injury.