Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Boogie Boarder Found Under Water in Boise River

Boise, July 20, 2013, 3:45 pm - Sadly a young man found submerged in the Boise River this afternoon has died.

 What happened: Boise firefighters, police and Ada County EMS were called to a water rescue at 12:53 this afternoon to the Boise River near the Willow Lane Athletic Complex in northwest Boise.

 Witnesses say the victim had been boogie boarding using a rope tied to a tree. The witnesses, who are friends of the victim say the last time they saw the man, he appeared to be pulling himself to shore with the rope. The witnesses say they walked away for a short time and when they returned the man was under water. It's unknown exactly how long hewas submerged.

 Officers say it appears the man's boogie board became caught in some tree branches. The man was found with the ankle strap to his boogie board still attached to his leg which may have been what pinned him under the water.

 The friends were able to call for help, pull the man to shore and begin CPR. Firefighters and paramedics continued life saving measures. However the man was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

 Emergency responders got to the scene as quickly as possible, however that stretch of river is remote and hard to access as the greenbelt does not run adjacent to the river in that area. Ada County EMS were staged on both sides of the river in an effort to get help to the man as quickly as possible once he was located.

 The victim is a 23 year old man from Boise. His name will be released by the Ada County Coroner.

 A Boise police officer had to be hospitalized after being overcome by heat after running along the river trying to find the victims exact location. The officer will be treated and released from the hospital this afternoon.

 Per Boise City Code, boogie boarding is legal in the area where the accident occurred. Boogie boarding is only prohibited between Barber Park and the diversion dam at Ann Morrison Park.