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Boy missing after boat sinks in Snake River

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BURBANK, Wash.-- A little after midnight Sunday morning, a boat sank in the Snake River about forty yards from the Hood Park boat launch in Burbank.

Four of the five passenger were able to swim back to safety but a fourteen-year-old boy didn't make it shore. A search and rescue mission began immediately and continues as on Sunday night.

A family member of the boy, Corey Edden, says the search process is taking a toll on the family.

"He's a great kid. It's a really tough time on the family. It started out with all the confusion late last night and it's continued into this process in the morning. Everybody is just trying to be understanding and deal with it and deal with the emotions," says Edden.

Sheriff John Turner from the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, says it's hard for the rescue agencies too. 

"This has been a difficult search. It's tragic. It's absolutely heartbreaking. A family is here and their fourteen year old son is missing," says Turner.

A rescue mission searching for the fourteen year boy has called out search teams from many agencies. Both Walla Walla and Franklin Counties, U.S. Coast Guard and Columbia Dive and Rescue.

When the boat went down at midnight the darkness and swift current made it difficult to carry out the mission and prevented divers from searching the cold, deep waters.

"It is a really difficult time for the family dealing with their emotions and it seems life the process takes a long time. It is a complicated process and we know the rescuers are doing everything that they can," says Edden.

At sunrise divers got in the water and boats continued to search up and down the river. Friends and family were sitting along the riverside hoping for good news. Sheriff turner says there's still hope for finding the boy.

"At this time we remain hopeful and our prayers are that we find him alive somewhere and that we can reunite him with his family. That is still the mode that we are operating under. This is still a rescue mission not a recovery mission," says Turner.