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Divers Recover Body Of Drowned Teenager

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call on July 23rd reporting that a man who’d been swimming from the back of a boat had gone under and failed to resurface. A county marine unit was on scene within five minutes and was soon joined by rangers from Fort Spokane. Interviews revealed that the boat had been en route from the Lincoln Mill boat launch to the Seven Bays marina when two of the passengers jumped from the boat, which was moving at an estimated 25 to 30 miles per hour. The operator immediately turned around to retrieve them, but one of the men had gone under before he could get there. A search was begun and continue for several days. On July 26th, members of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Dive and Rescue Team and Gene Ralston of Ralston and Associates Underwater Search and Recovery deployed side-scan sonar units in the area where the man had disappeared. Ralston found the body in 130 feet of water within 15 minutes. The recovery was made with Ralston’s remote operated vehicle (ROV) and the body was turned over to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.


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