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Meridian man drowned while rafting Payette River, Boise County coroner says

Rafting safety on the South Fork of the Boise River

The South Fork of the Boise River can be a dangerous place to go rafting. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're planning to go. Video courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.
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The South Fork of the Boise River can be a dangerous place to go rafting. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're planning to go. Video courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

A Meridian man died Saturday evening in a whitewater rafting accident in Boise County, according to Deputy Chief Coroner Mike Johnson.

Pete Herbst, 67, was rafting with family on the Payette River around 6:30 p.m. when he fell out of the raft as it went over a series of rapids. Herbst, who was wearing a life jacket, became trapped between rocks and was held underneath the water.

First responders attempted to revive Herbst when they arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, near milepost 2 on Banks-Lowman Road.

Johnson said Herbst’s cause of death was accidental drowning.

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