Woman Dies Trying to Save Another on South Fork of Payette

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UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.


45-year-old Tracy Ruby of Meridian has been identified as the woman who drowned Sunday afternoon while trying to save a friend who had been thrown out of a raft on the South Fork of the Payette River.

Boise County sheriff's officials said Ruby was not wearing a life jacket when she dove into the water in an attempt to save another woman.


ORIGINAL POST: 4:15 p.m


The Boise County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a woman drowned Sunday afternoon while trying to save another rafter on the South Fork of the Payette River.

Law enforcement said a group of six put a raft in on the South Fork, approximately seven miles north of Crouch, on Sunday afternoon. One woman in the raft fell out when the craft hit a rapid and another woman and man jumped into the river to help the woman who had fallen. The would-be female rescuer was not wearing a life jacket, according to officials. The remaining people in the raft were able to pull the first woman and man out of the water, but had no luck finding the other woman. Her body was found six miles down river.

The deceased woman's identity has not yet been released. Boise County Sheriff's deputies said the woman's 6-year-old son was on the raft.

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