Duck hunter recovered after falling into Columbia River; condition unknown

Rescue divers pull duck hunter from the Columbia River. (KEPR-TV photo)

SACAJAWEA STATE PARK, Wash. - Franklin County sheriff's deputies say a 31-year-old man fell in the Columbia River while duck hunting Saturday afternoon.

Dive and rescue teams hurried to the scene, searching for the man who reportedly went underwater when he tried to retrieve his drifting boat.

Officials said the man was duck hunting with a partner at the time he went into the water, and didn't surface again.

At least two dive and rescue boats scoured the river near Sacajawea State Park and found the man within the hour.

Divers gave CPR to the man, then rushed him to the hospital in an ambulance. His condition was not immediately available.

Authorities are not releasing the victim's name.

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