Boise River Rescuers: Current is Higher, Faster, Colder Than Past Seasons



The Boise Fire Department's River Rescue Team say the latest incident, Sunday evening, on the Boise River is another reminder that the current is still running higher and colder than a typical float season.

In the evening hours of June 29, fireifighters were called to the west Parkcenter Bridge. That's where a woman, cold and scared but otherwise uninjured, was pulled from the water. Witnesses said the woman had been holding onto a piece of wood pinned against a pillar beneath the bridge. As rescuers took the woman to safety, a male companion swam to shore but reported that two other people in their party had also fallen into the river. Firefighters found the other two rafters, who had safely arrived in Ann Morrison Park.

But firefighters said as they were bringing the woman to safety, they witnessed still another raft get pinned up against another pillar on the same bridge, knocking two women, both wearing life vests, into the river. Rescuers were able to get the women safely to shore.

Officials said the river was running slightly above 1,500 cubic feet per second, while the normal flow is approximately 1,000 cfs. Additionally, water flowing through the river, coming from Lucky Peak Reservoir, remains very cold.

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