65-year-old man missing after boat capsized on North Fork of River Lewis

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. (KPTV) – A man has been rescued and crews are searching for another after a boat capsized on the North Fork of the Lewis River on Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., firefighters and police responded to mile 13 of the river after another boater called 911 to report he had seen a small boat capsized on the river. The caller also said he found a man in the water and helped him back to shore, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The rescued man said his friend, a 65-year-old man, was also in the boat and missing. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

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Capsized boat on the North Fork of the River Lewis; 65-year-old man missing after boat capsized on North Fork of River Lewis(Clark Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue said the first man rescued was treated for exposure to the elements, while rescue teams and police searched the area for several hours by boat and drone.

Firefighters and police also searched both banks but were unable to locate the missing boater. The search was suspended at 4 p.m.

The Marine Fire and Rescue Unit will resume their search on Monday morning, police said.

This develops news. FOX 12 will update this story when more information becomes available.

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