Fishermen describe emotional Grant Co. canal rescue



Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 7:28 PM

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -- The two fishermen who helped a family after their vehicle plunged into an irrigation canal spoke to KREM 2 News about the emotional rescue.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon southeast of Coulee City.  The family’s car drove off the road and down a steep embankment. Officials said the car ended up upside down in the canal and floated downstream about 100 yards before coming to rest in about 15 feet of water. Authorities said a man and his three sons made it out of the car.

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One of the men, a Spokane Community College student, helped pull two of the boys, ages 10 and 12, out of the water.

“The poor boys, I can't imagine being in that water and it was 40 degrees and it was going so fast,” said Cameron Cox. “Sadly, we didn't see the dad after I was focused on getting the boys out.”

Meanwhile, Cameron’s father drove down the road where he could get a cell phone signal to call 911.

“[The boys] were just very upset about their father and their little brother,” said Michael Miller.  “They didn't know where they were and it was kind of hard for us to tell them.”

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Emergency workers pulled the body of Korey Kolves, 8, from the water five miles downstream.  They were not able to located the victim’s father, Scott Kolves, 45. 
On Tuesday, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said he believes Scott’s body may be entangled in debris on the floor of the canal.

"This is a very sad accident which has touched many lives in the Ephrata area," said Sheriff Tom Jones. "Please continue to pray for family members and loved ones."

About 20 people in boats helped search the canal Monday for Scott’s body. Deputies and irrigation district personnel will continue to monitor the canal for Scott's body to resurface.
Authorities said three boys and their father were out fishing in a popular spot south of Coulee City before the crash.