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UPDATE: 1 dies after 4 pulled from overturned boat on Columbia River

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MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR - Authorities say one of four people rescued from an overturned boat that sank on the Columbia River near Multnomah Falls has died.
    
Gresham city spokeswoman Jill Bradley says rescue personnel initially thought the waters were too rough to reach the boat. They changed their minds when the boat sank, forcing three men and one woman into the frigid river.
    
The rescuers pulled them aboard while providing CPR and treating them for hypothermia.
    
Ambulances took three of them to hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening. A fourth, seriously injured man was taken by helicopter to a Portland hospital. The man succumbed to his injuries Friday afternoon.
    
The rescued adults were identified as technicians with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
    
In a statement, the commission said those aboard spend hundreds of hours on the river each year and are highly trained.

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Previous Coverage:

Authorities say four people were rescued after a boat overturned on the Columbia River near Multnomah Falls.
    
Details of the incident and rescue were not immediately available Friday.

American Medical Response says its ambulances took three people to hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening.

A fourth patient was taken by helicopter to Portland's Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
 

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Previous Coverage:

Multnomah County Sheriff says they are working on a river rescue near Multnomah Falls.

There are reports of a boat overturned in the Columbia River and the people on top of the boat.

Right now rescue crews are working to get to them.

A Lifeflight helicopter is also working to get to the victims.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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