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UDPATE: In Wake of Boise River Death, Officials Reiterate 'Danger' Warning


The Boise River is running swift and cold. - ZACH HAGADONE
  • Zach Hagadone
  • The Boise River is running swift and cold.
UPDATE: April 22, 2016 12 p.m.

The Ada County Coroner identified the man whose body was pulled from the Boise River April 21 as 69-year-old Michael Rhodes of Boise. The cause of death was listed as drowning.

It was still unclear how Rhodes was in the river. The Garden City Police Department is investigating the death.

ORIGINAL POST: April 22, 2016 10 a.m.

Less than a day after a man was pulled from the Boise River, and died a short time later at a local hospital, the Boise Police Department, Boise Parks and Recreation, and Ada County Parks and Waterways announced Friday morning that a "Dangerous River Condition" status would remain in effect. Simply put, officials are cautioning the public to stay out of the river.

Witnesses first spotted the body of the man near the Boise Whitewater Park, not far from East 36th Street late Thursday. Emergency responders were not able to pull the body out of the water until it was near 41st Street. A rescue boat, jet ski and dive team were required for the attempted rescue.

It was not clear whether the man had been recreating near Whitewater Park. The victim was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later. The man's name has not yet been released.

Officials reminded the public Friday that swift water can readily carry away people and pets in and cold temperatures can incapacitate even the best swimmers due to loss of motor and/or muscle control.