Authorities recover body of man who fell off boat in Lucky Peak Reservoir

Lucky Peak Reservoir.
Lucky Peak Reservoir. Idaho Statesman file

The body of a man who authorities believe drowned in Lucky Peak Reservoir has been recovered.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that it found 21-year-old Christian Vernon Dale by using its marine patrol and resident Gene Ralston’s underwater sonar device.

Dale’s body was found nearly 200 feet below the surface and took about two hours to locate, the Sheriff’s Office said. The search had been suspended until Ralston and his technology were available. The body was brought to the surface using an unmanned underwater vehicle.

The case is still under investigation, and the Ada County Coroner’s Office will determine Dale’s official cause of death.

Dale was on a boat at about 9 p.m. July 29 with nine others when he fell off. He was not wearing a life jacket, authorities 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 used sonar and aerial technology in its search efforts.

The Boise State Hockey Club posted on Facebook on Aug. 30 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.