Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Man Rescued from River

Man Rescued from River

    Boise, June 28, 2007, 7:15 p.m.- Boise Police along with Boise Fire rescue crews responded to the Boise River in Julia Davis Park tonight after a citizen called reporting a man's body in the river.

    When the first officer arrived, citizens had pulled the unconscious man out of the river. A citizen had begun CPR and was assisted by the first responding officer and others Fire and EMS arrived a short time later.

    "The citizens who spotted this man acted quickly and may truly have saved this man's life." said Officer Greg Oster, one of the first Boise Police Officers on scene.

    Officers found witnesses who say the man, in his 50's, had been drinking alcohol along the river bank in JD park just west of the Broadway Bridge, and jumped into the river to cool off. Officers believe he was in the river approx. 5 minutes before he was rescued near the Friendship Bridge. The man is believed to have no current address. He's currently being treated in a nearby hospital.