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Three weeks after he fell overboard, body of Boise canoeist found in Snake River

The canoeist hit rough water not far from the Swan Falls hydroelectric dam on the Snake River.
The canoeist hit rough water not far from the Swan Falls hydroelectric dam on the Snake River. Idaho Statesman file

Idaho sheriff's deputies found the body of a man who last month fell out of his canoe on the Snake River, according to an Ada County Sheriff's Office news release.

The body of 31-year-old Douglas Wick, of Boise, was spotted by a member of the public on Monday morning in the Snake River just past Celebration Park in Canyon County. Sheriff's deputies were later able to locate the body near the Walters Ferry Bridge, where Owyhee County sheriff's deputies recovered Wick's body by using a boat.

Wick was identified by the Canyon County Coroner's Office on Tuesday morning. His body was recovered about 8.5 miles from where his canoe tipped over.

On April 21, Wick was canoeing the Snake River with a woman who has not been identified when the couple's craft hit turbulent water near the Swan Falls Dam, about 1.5 miles from Celebration Park. Neither person was wearing a life jacket, though they had life jackets in their canoe, police said.

Witnesses told authorities that Wick held on to the canoe before attempting to swim to shore. However, he was lost in the swift, cold water. The woman was able to grab a life jacket from the canoe and swim to safety. She was later treated for hypothermia.

Ada, Canyon and Owyhee county sheriff's deputies spent several days searching for Wick in the river and riverbanks using boats, sonar and helicopters, but to no avail.

Wick worked as a veterinarian at Intermountain Pet Hospital, according to its website. On Tuesday, the website read that "Dr. Wick was involved in a tragic canoeing accident in April 2018. Our greatest fear has been realized, the world has lost an amazing friend and veterinarian."

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