A 28-year-old Winlock man died aboard a barge that sank in a recovery pond at the TransAlta’s Centralia mine site Saturday night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
An autopsy for Caleb D. Brown is scheduled for Wednesday night.
According to the sheriff's office, Brown was working on a 72-foot barge used to dredge a pond to reclaim coal. Shortly before 8 p.m., other employees found the barge had sunk and was about under about 20 feet of water. They could not find Brown, but they learned power to the barge, supplied by a high-voltage cable, was shut off.
Thurston County Dive Team members found Brown on Sunday in the submerged cabin of the barge.
The case remains under investigation.