23-year-old drowns in Boise River

July 20, 2013 

— A 23-year-old Boise man died Saturday after apparently drowning while using a boogie board in the Boise River near the Willow Lane Athletic Complex off State Street.

It appeared the man's boogie board got caught in tree branches and he was pinned underwater.

Witnesses said he had tied a rope from his board to a tree. He was found with the ankle strap to his board still attached to his leg.

The man's identify was not released, pending notification of his next of kin.

Boise firefighters, police and Ada County EMS crews were notified at 12:53 p.m.

The witnesses told the emergency responders the last time they saw the man he appeared to be pulling himself to shore with the rope. The witnesses said they walked away for a short time and came back to find their friend submerged in the river. It was unclear exactly how long he may have been submerged.

The friends called for help, dragged the man to shore and began CPR. Firefighters and paramedics continued lifesaving measures, however, the man was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at an unnamed hospital.

A Boise police officer was hospitalized after being overcome by the heat while running along the river while trying to find the drowning victim's location. He was expected to be treated and released this afternoon, police and fire spokeswoman Lynn Hightower wrote.

Boogie boarding is legal in the area where the accident occurred, Hightower said. It is prohibited only between Barber Park and the diversion dam at Ann Morrison Park.

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