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UPDATE: Body recovered in Columbia River Wednesday identified as missing boater (Photo) - 08/06/20


On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at approximately 5:01 p.m., the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol Unit responded with Portland Fire and Rescue to the North Portland Harbor after a person spotted a body in the Columbia River. 

Marine deputies recovered the body of an adult male, later identified by the Medical Examiner as Michael Hoang Trinh, 45, of Portland. Trinh was the passenger in a boat that was involved in a crash Sunday, August 2, at Broughton Beach. 

The investigation is ongoing, and no further details are available at this time. 



The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has idenitied the missing individual in Sunday’s boat crash as Michael Hoang Trinh, 45, of Portland, Oregon. Trinh was ejected when the boat he was riding in made a sharp turn in the Columbia River near Broughton Beach Park. Despite exhaustive searches Sunday by air, boat, land and underwater dives, Trinh was not located. At this time, he remains missing. The investigation is open, and no further comment can be made.



On Sunday, August 2, 2020, at approximately 1:55 p.m., the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a boat crash in the Columbia River off Broughton Beach Park. MCSO River Patrol Unit marine deputies, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, Port of Portland Fire Department, Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Police Bureau, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and AMR, responded to the location.

According to witness statements, the boat was driving along the north end of Broughton Beach Park when the operator made a sharp turn. The action caused the boat to suddenly rock, ejecting the passenger and the operator, both adult males, into the river. A number of witnesses went to help the two men. The operator was rescued by a private boat and taken to shore, but the passenger, who was not wearing a life jacket, submerged and did not resurface.

Emergency responders performed searches in the area where the man was last seen. MCSO’s Dive Team performed a series of dives Sunday afternoon. Despite hours of searching by air, boat and underwater, the man was not located.

The Sheriff’s Office gathered witness statements and contacted the boat operator, who is cooperating. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing, and no further comment can be made at this time.

Marine deputies recover body in Columbia River - 07/24/20

On Friday, July 24, at 10:09 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report of a body in the Columbia River near the 6000 block of NE Marine Drive. River Patrol recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the water. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the male as 26-year-old Francisco Vasquez.

Vasquez was last seen on May 17 after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway in the 9000 block of NE Marine Drive and submerged in the Columbia River. Marine deputies performed an exhaustive search for Vasquez in the week following his disappearance, but unfortunately were not able to locate him.

“While this is not the outcome we wanted, we hope that this brings closure to friends and family of Francisco Vasquez,” Sheriff Mike Reese said. “We appreciate the support of the many agencies and countless volunteers who helped us search for Mr. Vasquez.”

MCSO received assistance from the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue, Port of Portland Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Gresham Fire Department.