Victims identified from canoe accident near Warden

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.

The bodies of 32-year-old Miguel Porfirio De Dios and six-year-old Oliver Porfirio Maldonado were recovered on Sunday afternoon. The body of eight-year-old William Porfirio Maldonado was recovered early Saturday morning.

The 32-year-old father and his three sons 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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