by Molly Kumar
With temperatures in the 90s again this weekend, hundreds will take to the Boise river to escape the heat, but very few will not have the events of Aug. 1 far from their thoughts.
"It shook us all up," Boise Fire Batallion Chief Jim Gross told Citydesk. "To be perfectly honest, when there's a death, we consider it a failure."
Gross and his Dive Rescue Team took to the river the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 6, to train at the Quinn's Pond diversion, the scene where a Garden City woman was caught in the turbulent water while rafting earlier in the week. It's believed Cassie Ray Conley was under the water for several minutes. She suffered severe head injuries and died Aug.4.
"Minutes are precious when the water is this swift," said Gross. "This is clearly the most treacherous part of the Boise River. Unfortunately, this section is becoming more popular because it's less restricted."
There are 30 members of the Boise Fire Department Dive Rescue team. They work in three, 10-person shifts. Friday they teamed up with other members of Boise's Fire Department to refine their river rescue skills.