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By Annette Cary
The Tri-City Herald 

Marvel, tug boat crew honored


December 5, 2018

Contributed: American Legion Post 57

COUPLE RESCUED: This couple clung to their boat for three hours in the Columbia River in September before a tug boat-with Goldendale's Ken Marvel-rescued them. Marvel and the rest of the boat crew were recently honored.

The crew of a Tidewater Transportation tug has been honored for saving the lives of two boaters who clung perilously to the side of their capsized boat for three hours before being spotted.

The crew of Ryan Point was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award and American Legion Silver Heroism Awards by the Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion in Grandview.

The Umatilla, Ore., couple had been hanging onto their overturned boat in the cold Columbia River downriver of McNary Dam when the tugboat crew saw them Sept. 11.

The tug was moving grain from Pasco to Longview at the time.

The man and woman were difficult to see because of the rough water and whitecaps and the angle of the su...

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