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Lost fisherman’s body recovered from 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

The Ada County Sheriff’s office recovered the body of 22-year-old Devin Mazac, of Boise, from the area around Swan Falls Dam at around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Patrick Orr, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, Canyon County marine patrol said Mazac’s body came to the surface about 100 yards from where he fell into the Snake River. The sheriff’s office recovery dive team was called in to remove the body because it was found within Ada County limits.

Search teams had thought it possible that Mazac’s body floated into the Canyon County stretch of the river, hence that county’s involvement in the search.

The Ada County Coroner’s office ruled accidental drowning as Mazac’s cause of death.

Officials say Mazac was fishing with two other men just south of the dam on Sunday when he slipped and fell into the water. Witnesses told authorities that Mazac initially resurfaced about 15 yards away from where he was first submerged, then went under the water again without resurfacing. Authorities used sonar to try to find him, but were unable to. Canyon County crews continued to watch for his body after that.

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