Sunken boat recovered after deadly crash on Columbia River

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A dive team recovered a sunken boat from the Columbia River on Wednesday, more than a week after the vessel crashed in into the Glenn Jackson Bridge, killing a woman who was onboard.

Investigators confirmed the boat’s speed and water conditions were contributing factors, but officials said that having the damaged vessel will help them determine what led up to the crash.

The boat hit a pylon of the I-205 bridge shortly after 8 p.m., the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. Other recreational boaters were first at the scene to help the crash victims and bring them to waiting sheriff’s deputies on the Vancouver shoreline.

Heidi Knight, 46, of Wilsonville, died in the crash. The boat’s operator, 55-year-old Steven Schalk of Milwaukie, suffered some non-life-threatening injuries.

A dive team located the wreckage on Tuesday, and a marine salvage contractor pulled it out of the Columbia on Wednesday.

The investigation is ongoing, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said.

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