Update: Drowning Victim Identified

Officials have identified the man involved in the Fourth of July drowning in Idaho Falls.

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boborope - 7/5/2013 11:33 PM
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That is VERY sad. It reminds me when the local police here in merdian called my boss on two seprate occasions and asked us to help them fly over the canals and help look for an 8 year old and an 11 year old with their status unknown. I remember making the radio call to Boise tower when I found them each seperate time. It was the hardest call I ever made over the radio and phone. One was face down and the other was faceup just floating down the canal. One of the familys that the boy belonged to came to our office at the airport. They hugged me over and over and I will admitt I bawled right along with them. That is one reason my kids are never allowed aroung canals. They can be the strongest swimmers and still drown from "some sort of suction current" you cannot swim against. That is what happened to one of the boys. It was right in their back yard. I remember flying right over it. I love flying close to the ground but NEVER in that case. Like Forest Gump so profoundly said, "it happens" Lets just hope that the entire town learns from a tragedy. Don't jump in the snake river near night fall. I have jet skied right off that dock for years with a life jacket on. I was even on the skyline swim team and went to state! I wouldn't go without a life jacket. My thoughts and best wishes go out to all of Idaho Falls, plus visitors and those close to the victim! I'm NOT taking sides. Bad decisions, reactions, and the heros that put their life in jeopardy to help I commend them. Those that were watching may they be able to deal with such a horrible scene, Lets forgive, forget, and have hope that whatever is after this life we'll all be able to just figure out how to get along, if we can't here! Is the glass half full, or half empty? Best wishes! Thanks for reading NEO (my pilot call sign)usually boborope

Tre357 - 7/5/2013 10:40 AM
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Enough of these "posting wars". With the information given by the media, it seems absurd to suspend a search because of some fireworks display. Let's look at the big picture- a struggling victim, traumatized friends and family, a cold, dead body, people in mourning. This goes beyond anyone's moral compass. Based on the current report, some pretty poor decisions were made. Set your online soap boxes aside and take a moment to pray for all those affected.

bellatron - 7/5/2013 10:28 AM
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As sorry as I feel for the friends and family of this man, I fin it hard to find sympathy for him. He made a choice and by 27 you shoukd know that there are consequences for your actions. And to the person that said something about the priorities of this town bc they went on with the show: pagerdude is right. After that long in the water there's no chance of even reviving the man. As shitty as it sounds there really wasn't much more they could do other than find his body when they had the proper equipment. It's sad, but I hope it also serves as an example as the dangers of the river, or any river for that matter.

AZgirl - 7/5/2013 9:56 AM
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I'm sorry but honestly...what if the shoe was on the other foot?? Yes they shouldnt have been in that water and yes it was a bad choice on their part but we all make mistakes at some point and time in our lives, unfortunatly some worse than others. Those of you that got angry last night because of the delay....shame on you!! Someone lost their life last night and all most of you could think about was getting on with the show. I realize that some of you traveled from out of state, my family being one of them, to see the incredible display of fireworks- but, in the event of something tragic like this, you would think people would have some sympathy towards the victim and the people involved. Some people are so selfish, no consideration whatsoever.

hcb86 - 7/5/2013 9:20 AM
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The Bonneville County Sheriffs department and search and rescue made the right choice last night. Melaleuca had no bearing on the decision. It is unfortunate that such a accident had to happen but every choice has consequences and sometimes those turn deadly, they were swimming where and when they were not supposed to they were drunk and they were not prepared to swim that kind of a distance. Thank you to the men and women who volunteer to spend time and energy away from their families on holidays to help keep us safe.

kmb312 - 7/5/2013 2:04 AM
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Yep, Pagerdude is right.

kmb312 - 7/5/2013 2:02 AM
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You guys have no idea. I was sitting there the whole time and saw everything happen. They got in while the sun was plenty up. Yes there was alcohol involved but they made the decision, a tragedy happened, and we saw it happen right in front of us. You have no idea how it feels to not be able to jump in and help because the current was too strong. People did try and swim out but the guy had already gone under. Hoping someone feels the pain and regret for their actions is not what you should ever wish on someone! The guy that survived was sitting right behind me with police, sobbing. Trust me, he doesn't need anyone's wishes to feel even worse for what happened. As for the search and rescue, they did the best they could with a steady moving river and the sun going down.

Pagerdude - 7/5/2013 1:53 AM
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So I was there and saw it happen. The facts in the article are wrong where it was two swimmers. They went to swim across fully clothed and one made it across when the one started struggling we started calling for the sheriffs boat while two men jumped in to try to save the struggling man. Before the boat or men got to the struggling man he had already slipped under and that's when they started the search which lasted well over an hour. There were not three swimmers but two and two dove in to help the struggler. But the reason they suspended the search is because there is no chance of a love rescue after about an hour and a half under water. And divers couldn't go near the falls to search they need to bring in other equipment to do that.

Plata - 7/5/2013 1:13 AM
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Exactly Mr. Mon. Lost in Idaho seems to be lost in his own moral tower of unrealistic idealism. We are all praying for the man despite his poor choice to swim across a powerful river in the dark. Allowing the show to proceed had no bearing on their ability to find him.

Mmc1986 - 7/5/2013 1:11 AM
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Sorry to sound rude but why was he swimming in the river at night with no life jacket? Honestly if he was pushed it would be a different story but it was his decision to go swimming at night. Hope the people he went swimming with feel real bad and stupid.
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