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.