By the Missoulian | Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:15 pm  taken from the Missoulian.

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A 35-year-old Wisconsin man has drowned while rafting on the Lochsa River in north-central Idaho.

Randy A. Eroen, of Sun Prairie, Wisc., died Saturday afternoon after the raft he was in hit a rapid and all four occupants fell into the Lochsa.

Two of the rafters were able to get back into the raft and one was able to swim to shore, according to a news release Tuesday from Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings.

One of two kayakers who were

accompanying the group threw a life rope to Eroen, but he was unable to reach it as he was swept downriver by the current.

The kayakers made their way downriver and pulled Eroen from the water and began CPR. The rafters arrived as well, and helped with CPR and getting Eroen up the bank - where they called for help and continued CPR until paramedics arrived.

However, he could not be revived.

The sheriff said the accident was reported at 1:41 p.m. Saturday at about mile post 132 of U.S. Highway 12, in Idaho.


This was  a private rafting group. They dumped in Triple Hole or around there. Preliminary reports make it sound like a flush drowning.