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Update: Coroner identifies man who died after suffering medical emergency while floating Boise River

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Capt. Noel Rios, firefighter Joe Ostermiller, and firefighter Chad Tiffany of the Boise Fire Department Dive Team spent Thursday morning clearing obstructions from the Boise River in preparation for the 2016 opening of float season in Boise.
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Capt. Noel Rios, firefighter Joe Ostermiller, and firefighter Chad Tiffany of the Boise Fire Department Dive Team spent Thursday morning clearing obstructions from the Boise River in preparation for the 2016 opening of float season in Boise.

A Meridian man who suffered a medical emergency while floating the Boise River with his family on Monday afternoon died at a local hospital.

The man was 71-year-old Donald L. McLean, the Ada County coroner said in a press release Tuesday.

Paramedics were called to a section of the river near Swallowtail Lane at 2:25 p.m. Monday, Boise Fire Department spokeswoman Char Jackson told the Idaho Statesman.

That’s not far downstream from Bown Crossing. But there wasn’t easy vehicle access to the site, so firefighters used a UTV to get to the man along the shore.

Jackson said the man fell out of his tube, and in the process of trying to get back in might have suffered cardiac arrest. She was unsure how he got to the shore, but that’s where paramedics used a defibrillator in hopes of restarting his heart.

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