The body of a 39-year-old Yakima man who apparently drowned while trying to save his niece has been recovered from the Snake River.
Searchers found Antonio Deanda’s body Friday about 300 yards downstream from where he disappeared in the river Monday while swimming with family members, said Neil Hines of the TriCity dive-rescue unit.
Witnesses said Deanda’s 9-yearold niece became caught in a swift current. Her aunt, Marilyn Deanda, swam out to help, but returned to shore. Her husband, Antonio Deanda, then entered the water, although he was not a good swimmer. The girl was pulled from the water by a man who had been fishing.
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