08-02-10 River Rescue - Victim remains Hospitalized
Boise, Aug. 2, 2010 - Boise Police, Garden City
Police and the Boise Fire Dive Rescue Team responded to a call for
a rescue on the Boise River Sunday afternoon at approx 3:02 p.m.
The caller reported a woman had fallen from a raft and was caught
in the strong current of the diversion dam near Quinn's
Pond. At last report, investigating officers say the woman
remains hospitalized with injuries that appear potentially life
What Happened: Witnesses tell
emergency responders the woman in her 20's, was with two men on a
raft pulling two tubes floating the Boise River. When the raft
went over the diversion dam at Quinn's Pond, the woman fell out and
became caught in the strong current (Quinn's Pond is the large pond
near Idaho River Sports. On a map, it's the pond closest to Main,
best accessible from Pleasanton Ave off N. 27th St.).
Witnesses say the woman was caught in the dam's
strong current for approx 3 - 5 minutes before one of the men she
was with was finally able to pull her ashore. Responding Boise
Firefighters administered CPR until an ambulance could rush the
woman to a nearby hospital. Sadly, responders say she nearly
drowned while in the water. Her condition remains possibly
Not a good stretch of river for
floaters: Boise Police bike officers who patrol that
stretch of Greenbelt and Quinn's Pond regularly say the Boise River
downstream of Ann Morrison Park is not considered safe and not
recommended for floating.
"That stretch of river has more rocks and
obstacles, more current, more brush and snags. We hardly ever see
floaters on the river in that area and that's why. We do not
recommend that stretch for floating," said Sgt. Clair Walker of the
Boise Police Bike Patrol Unit.
Float Safety Tips: The Boise
City Parks & Recreation Department has a web site dedicated to
river safety tips and information floaters need. That can be found
at http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/, click on
the "Floating the Boise River" link.