Camas boat collision kills Gladstone woman

Investigation is ongoing

(Contributed photo is provided courtesy of the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.) Crews from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department respond to a boat collision beneath the Camas slough bridge Sunday, Sept. 2, after 7:36 p.m. Natalia Zelenko, 41, of Gladstone, Ore., a passenger in one of the boats, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Gladstone, Oregon woman has died in a collision involving two boats under the Camas slough bridge.

Natalia Zelenko, 41, a passenger in one of the boats, was pronounced dead at the scene, Sunday, Sept. 2, after Camas police arrived at 7:35 p.m. Responding officers found that two boats had collided, nearly head-on, and all three occupants sustained injuries.

Zelenko’s husband, Andrey Zelenko, 39, operated one of the boats. He was transported with critical injuries to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, in Vancouver.

John Shoaf, 36, of Camas, operated the other boat. He was transported with minor injuries to PeaceHealth Southwest.

Andrey Zelenko and Shoaf were released from the hospital Monday, Sept. 3.

According to a Camas Police press release, Shoaf and Andrey Zelenko cooperated with investigators. There were no obvious signs of impairment, but the investigation is ongoing and no determination has been made regarding criminal charges.

In addition to Camas police, emergency personnel from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, crews from Vancouver, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, the cities of Portland and Gresham, Oregon, and the Port of Portland responded to the accident.