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Man likely drowned at Lucky Peak Reservoir, sheriff’s office says

Boating Safety: Lucky Peak Cliffs

Ada County Marine Deputy Jacob Breckon discusses a spot at Lucky Peak similar to the location where a Boise man died in a tubing accident Sunday, June 26.
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Ada County Marine Deputy Jacob Breckon discusses a spot at Lucky Peak similar to the location where a Boise man died in a tubing accident Sunday, June 26.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that it believes a Boise man who fell off a boat three days ago has drowned.

Authorities have yet to find Christian Vernon Dale, 21, who fell into the water at Lucky Peak Reservoir at around 9 p.m. Sunday. Dale, who had reportedly been on a boat with nine other people throughout the day, fell off the bow when the driver turned the vessel around to retrieve a hat.

Dale has not been seen since.

The water where Dale fell is approximately 105 feet deep. He was not wearing a life jacket, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The people on the boat said they did not see Dale in the water, so they went to shore and received help from the Ada County marine patrol. A helicopter was dispatched and infrared searching technology was used at the time. The Sheriff’s Office said it also has used sonar and aerial technology in its search efforts.

There is no foul play suspected, and the search is now considered a “recovery effort.”

The Boise State Hockey Club posted on Facebook on Monday that it was “awaiting official word on a boating accident” that took place at Lucky Peak the same day Dale went missing. Dale was listed on the team’s American Collegiate Hockey Association 2017-18 roster.

Dale had not taken classes at Boise State but was “working toward becoming a student,” Boise State spokesperson Greg Hahn told the Idaho Statesman.

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