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Soldier missing in Nisqually River accident

A 23-year-old soldier from Fort Lewis was missing Sunday night after his canoe capsized in the Nisqually River.

The man, whom police weren’t identifying Sunday night, was among nine soldiers who were on a recreational trip in three canoes when they hit an obstruction in the river, Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. John Price said. All three canoes flipped.

The other men apparently were OK, but Thurston County dive teams still were searching for the missing man as of 9 p.m. Sunday, Price said.

The soldiers had launched from a location off state Route 510 called Military Tank Crossing about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The water temperature is thought to be in the mid-40s.

“There’s always a chance that he got out of the water, but there’s no sign of that,” Price said.

Price was unsure whether the dive team would continue searching through the night. It’s unknown whether the missing man was wearing a life jacket, Price said, adding, “We believe that individuals were wearing life jackets.”

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