Divers search for sunken boat in Richland Marina Park

Divers found no one was inside a 26ft boat that sank in freezing water at Columbia Point Marina Park on Thursday morning.

the Richland Police and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue volunteers were called to the public docks around 8 a.m. after passers-by spotted the sunken boat during an early morning stroll.

The couple told investigators the boat sank during their hour-long walk.

They reported seeing it moored at the marina for four to five days before it sank.

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Richland Police and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue were called to Columbia Point Marina after a 26ft cruise ship sank. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Rusty Bell, the dive rescue officer, said the boat was empty when divers checked it, but it appears someone was working on it.

The police are trying to find the owner.

Anyone with information about the boat is asked to call Richland Police at 509-628-0333.

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The cruise ship that capsized Thursday morning is shown moored at the public docks at Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland the day before the sinking. Courtesy of Jason Janosky/City of R

This story was originally published January 13, 2022 10:43 a.m.

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

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