Yakama Nation member killed in Columbia River boat accident

Yakama Nation member killed in Columbia River boat accident
Courtesy: Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

A Yakama nation member died after a boat capsized on the Columbia River last Friday near Multnomah Falls.

The victim in that tragedy was 56-year-old Greg George. He was flown to a Portland hospital and died from his injuries while receiving treatment, accoring to a news release from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

He was research technician who was returning from a sea lion count with three other crew members. They were traveling on a 26-foot twin-engine boat with a self-bailing deck when it was hit by a large wave.

George came from a well-known fishing family. He had decades of experience both as a fisherman and researcher.

He spent the past 20 years trying to restore salmon populations, which tribe members consider sacred.

The other three crew members, also tribe members, received treatment for hypothermia and released, according to a news release. Their names are Bobby Begay and Maria Jim of the Yakama Nation and Tyler Simmons of the Umatilla Nation.

Leland Bill, head of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, thanked rescuers for their efforts in saving the crew.