** updated ** Officials in central Idaho say a rafter is missing and presumed drowned after an accident on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
The Custer County sheriff's office reported
the victim fell into the river at aproximtley 8:30 pm Sunday. The accident occured near Velvet Falls, about 5 miles downstream from the Boundary Creek boat launch. The search for the body continues.
The missing person was part of a rafting party of 14 people that launched into the river Sunday morning. The person's name, age and gender are being withheld until family members are notified.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon was at apxromatly 6 feet or 7500 cfs on Sunday. River flows in this range are considered difficult due to the speed of the river, the cold water and powerful waves and turbulent conditions.
Custer County authorities have retrieved the body of 34 year old Jonathan Victor Boling of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Search and Rescue Commander Deputy Levi Maydole said Boling was considered an experienced rafter. He fell into the Middle Fork Salmon River near Velvet Falls at approximately Noon Sunday, shortly after a 14 person river-rafting party launched from the Boundary Creek boat ramp.