BOISE COUNTY -- A Meridian woman drowned after trying to save another woman in a rafting accident on the Payette River Sunday.
Chief Deputy Dale Rogers with the Boise County Sheriff's Office says 44-year-old Tracy Ruby was with three other adults and two children Sunday afternoon when another woman fell out of the group's boat.
Rogers says both Ruby and her boyfriend jumped into the river -- Ruby to save the other woman, and Ruby's boyfriend to try and save her. Rogers says the man and woman that originally fell into the water were able to get safely back in the boat, but the group lost sight of Ruby.
Rogers says neither of the women were wearing life jackets.
The group had reportedly launched at the Danskin boat ramp, and had just hit rapids seven miles northeast of Crouch when the accident happened. Rogers says family members of Ruby called Boise County deputies and water rescue crews around 4:30 p.m. to the area on the Banks-Lowman Highway.
Rogers said Garden Valley Fire and Swift Water Rescue began to search for Ruby about an hour later. Shortly after that, deputies got word that someone had found a woman downriver, pulled her from the water, and attempted CPR.
The Boise County coroner pronounced Ruby dead near the Alder Creek Bridge five miles downstream from where she had fallen out of the boat.
One of the children in the raft was Ruby's six-year-old son.
The Boise County Sheriff's Office is investigating the possibility that alcohol was involved in the accident.