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Police Searching For Drowning Victim In Okanogan County

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OMAK, Wash. - One man drowned and is still missing after a boat overturned on the Columbia River near Omak Lake Wednesday morning. 

The Okanogan County Sheriff's Department says they were called to the area south of Omak Lake to assist Tribal Law Enforcement on the call at around 6:30am. 

A press release stated that 46-year-old Kenneth J. Leslie of Sedro Woolley and 44-year-old Colleen Gillogly of Sedro Woolley were going fishing with their two dogs, but their boat became swamped and overturned. 

Gillogly was wearing a life vest and tried to pull the boat along while swimming to shore, while Leslie, who was not wearing a life vest and could not swim, was hanging onto the boat. According to Gillogly, Leslie told her to swim to shore, which she did. The boat then sank and Leslie went under with it. He never resurfaced. 

The boat was located about five miles downstream with lots of debris, however Leslie was not found. The search for him continues. 

The Sheriff's Office also said one of the dogs, a small Chihuahua, drowned as well. The other dog made it to shore with Gillogly. 
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