Canyon County

Sunday’s strong winds caused boat sailing Lake Lowell to capsize, sheriff says

Lake Lowell in 2016.
Lake Lowell in 2016. Boise

A wind storm on Sunday afternoon capsized a boat on Lake Lowell in Canyon County, according to a county press release.

Around 4:40, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol along with Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene near Gott’s Point where they found a fully capsized boat. Gusting winds, which toppled trees and cut power around southwest Idaho, kicked up five-foot waves on the lake’s surface.

According to the release, all seven of the people aboard the boat were rescued by another nearby boater, and no injuries were reported.

Marine patrol deputies on Monday planned to return to the Gott’s Point area to locate the capsized boat and mark it with a buoy so other recreationists can avoid it. The boat owner’s insurance company will be responsible for any attempts to retrieve the watercraft.

The strong winds also posed a problem for rafters and kayakers, the release said. It’s not clear whether those crafts also capsized, but all of the individuals were able to make it safely to shore by the time marine patrol deputies came to their aid.

Just last week, a man drowned while swimming in Lake Lowell, the third drowning at the lake since 2011.