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Idaho float trip turns deadly

Sat., May 23, 2009, 10:01 p.m.

One man dead, another missing after raft flips on Coeur d’Alene River

One man is dead and another missing after their raft capsized Saturday on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River.

Around noon, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a body 12 miles up the North Fork from Enaville, Idaho. Deputies determined the body was that of a man in his late 40s.

Half an hour later a call came in from the Kingston Shell Station down river; a man reported that the small raft he had been floating in with two friends had capsized, police said in a news release.

His two friends were missing.

Deputies established that the body found upriver was one of his companions.

The sheriff’s office launched a full-scale search and rescue operation, including crews from the U.S. Forest Service, a MedStar helicopter and the Sheriff’s Dive Rescue Team.

The search went on for close to seven hours; the man was still missing Saturday night when the search was called off, according to a news release.

The missing man is described as 46 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 285 pounds, with long black hair; he was wearing a gray shirt and dark pants or shorts.

Anyone with information about the missing man should contact the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office in Wallace at (208) 556-1114.


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