Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, June 10, 2011

Boise River rescue underscores hazards of high water

06-10-11 Boise River rescue underscores hazards of high water

 "This rescue underscores the hazards that exist on the river, with high water flows, cold temperatures and strainers that have not been cleared its not safe to float at this time." says Boise Fire Battalion Chief David Cooper who responded to the call for help.

What happened: Boise Fire and Police responded to a report of stranded floaters in the Boise River this afternoon, June 10th, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Multiple witnesses tell police a raft with 3 young adults became struck on a bridge abutment in the river, just West of the Broadway bridge. At some point two floaters managed to swim to shore. A 3rd floater was stranded on a nearby island in the river. Boise Fire Dive Rescue crews had to use a jet ski to retrieve the female from the river. No one was seriously injured in the incident. Fire rescue members noted the temperature in the river was hovering around 50 degrees at the time of the incident. 

"Safety is always our primary concern." Says Dave Cooper "We strongly recommend that people thing twice before even considering getting on the water at this time, the dangerous conditions make the river a hazard to floaters and rescuers." 


Release Prepared for Boise Fire By:

Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information