RIVER RUNNING -- The Idaho County sheriff's office says a Missoula man died Wednesday in a rafting accident on the Lochsa River in north-central Idaho, according to the Lewiston Tribune.
Keegan Seth Ginther, 29, died after three or four people had been thrown from a raft around 2:30 p.m. CPR was performed on the river.
The accident reportedly happened in Lochsa Falls Rapid near milepost 112.5 off U.S. Highway 12.
The investigation revealed that Ginther was rafting with four friends from Missoula when the raft flipped in the Lochsa Falls Rapids and spilled all the occupants into the water. Ginther was unable to get to shore and was swept downriver. One of the rafters, Bradley Applegate, 30, was able to get to shore and flagged down a passing vehicle to transport him down river where he pulled Ginther from the water. An EMT started CPR, the report said.
All parties in the raft were wearing life jackets.
This is the second drowning in the Lochsa this season and the third drowning in Idaho County in the past seven weeks.
In addition to Wednesday's drowning, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, resident Randy Eroen drowned while kayaking on the Lochsa River May 28, and on May 11, Jerry Nelson of Kamiah drowned in Lolo Creek while trying to save his dog.
The river was running at about 15,000 cubic feet per second on Wednesday - high for this time of year, but not an unusual flow for the early rafting season.
The Lochsa is well-known for its continuous string of class III and IV rapids.
Read on for the reaction of a Lochsa rafting outfitter as quoted in a Missoulian online report.
From the Missoulian:
The Lochsa fatalities are puzzling for Justin Walsh of Bearpaw River Expeditions, who said up until a month ago, there hadn't been a death on the Lochsa River in 15 years.