COLOCKUM — Three Seattle duck hunters were injured early this morning when their aluminum fishing boat struck a large rock in the Columbia River, south of Rock Island Dam.
On impact, the boat’s 34-year-old driver, Kevin Charap, was thrown over the vessel’s windshield an onto its bow. He suffered a broken collarbone, but was reported in stable condition this morning at Central Washington Hospital.
Corp. Jason Reinfeld, spokesman for the Chelan County Sheriff, said the boat’s two passengers, both Seattle men in their 30s, were not seriously injured. Their names weren’t immediately available, he said.
The victims reported the incident just after 6 a.m. The men took off from a boat launch off Tarpiscan Road and were headed downriver when they hit the rock island, Reinfeld said.
Paramedics responded to the boat launch, and were ferried to the rock island in a Chelan County PUD boat, Reinfeld said.
The hunters’ 19-foot boat was still on the rock this morning, Reinfeld said.
Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the crash, he said.
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