A sharp eyed and alert Tugboat Captain rescued a Umitilla Oregon Couple from the Columbia River near McNary Dam after their boat capsized.

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Angela Waye

The lucky to be alive couple Derek A. Ness, 38, and Laurie D. Merrell, 47, both of Umatilla, Ore., were spotted by the crew of the Tidewater tug, Ryan Point, led by Capt. Josh Burrows and rescued around 6 p.m. Tuesday. The pair capsized in a turbulent part of the river and clung to the side of their small vessel for 3 hours!

The couple were taken to an area hospital and were showing signs of hypothermia. The accident is under investigation

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