UPDATE: Rescuers are still searching for a man who went overboard into the South Fork of the Snake River.
According to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Sunday, crews from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and Central Fire Rescue responded to a call for a man in the Snake River.
Deputies say around 3:15 on Sunday, Mason Empey, 21, of Idaho Falls and Torrey Reinhart, 20, of Idaho Falls had put a raft in at the Heise boat launch to fish near the Lorenzo boat dock. Roughly a mile downstream, Empey tried to save an oar that went into the water, but fell overboard. Empey, who was not wearing a life jacket, was not able to get back to the raft and was last seen trying to swim to the river’s south bank. Reinhart was able to get to shore and call 911.
Last night rescuers called off the search because of darkness but resumed at 7 a.m. Monday morning.
PREVIOUS STORY: Nearly two dozen people are searching for a missing boater on the South Fork of the Snake River near the Lorenzo Bridge. The Jefferson County Sheriff says two people were boating on the South Fork of the Snake River Sunday when they ran into trouble with their raft. The two decided to swim for safety. One made it to the shore while the other did not. Jefferson County Search and Rescue and Air Idaho Rescue along with others are scouring the banks of the Snake River for the boater. He was last seen wearing jean shorts and a salmon-colored shirt. Sheriff Blair Olsen says this is the first time search and rescue crews have been called out this summer. Crews say the swift current is cause for concern both in this incident and for boaters altogether.