Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, August 02, 2010

River Rescue - Victim remains Hospitalized

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 threatening. 
   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 life threatening.
   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, click on the "Floating the Boise River" link.