More than $20,000 raised for father & two young sons who died in Warden canoe accident

UPDATE: Family members of the father and two sons who were killed in a Warden canoe accident have raised more than $23,000 to give their loved ones a proper burial in Mexico.

“It’s with [a] heavy and sadden heart to write this but as many of you may already know, my uncle Miguel and his two sons (William & Oliver) passed away last Friday. William’s body was found early Saturday morning and my uncle’s body along with Oliver’s was found yesterday afternoon.

“They leave behind my aunt (Esthela), who is currently 6 months pregnant and also their 2 boys (Miguel & Misael).”

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WARDEN, Wash. — Three people, including a father and his two sons, were killed, and a third son was rescued from a canoe accident that happened near Warden in Grant County.

Authorities found the bodies of a 32-year-old father and his six-year-old son lost in a canoe accident at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.

The bodies were found at 2:45 p.m. The body of the father’s eight-year-old son was found on Saturday.

The 32-year-old father and his three sons — ages six. eight and 10 — went to a steep lake at the refuge south of SR 262 to fish. At some point before nightfall, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office says their canoe turned over. The 10-year-old boy was able to make it to shore, but his father and two brothers did not resurface.

The 10-year-old boy was taken to the hospital for treatment. GCSO says he was later released, saying they think he swam to shore and was outside in the cold for around seven hours before family members found him. He is now safe and with his family.

Family members got concerned when the group didn’t return and went searching for the missing people. They found the 10-year-old boy and called 911 just before 11 p.m.

“He is a very brave little boy,” GCSO said.

GCSO is being assisted by Columbia Basin Dive Rescue and Kittitas County Search, along with rescue dogs. Columbia Basin Dive Rescue and GCSO used drone flights for several hours to try and find them.

GCSO says the name of the family will not be given out until recovery operations are finished.

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