Accident Database

Report ID# 114622

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  • Does not Apply
  • Inexperience

Accident Description

On August 8, 2011, an 18 year old , Keysha Fenton, a recent graduate of Horseshoe Bend High School, was found earlier in the Payette River, just west of Horseshoe Brand

GEM COUNTY — The body of 18-year-old Horseshoe Bend resident Keysha Fenton, missing in the Payette River since Sunday night, was found Monday by Gem County sheriff’s deputies and volunteers. Gem County Coroner John Buck said Monday that the death was being treated as an accidental drowning.

According to Gem County Commissioner Michele Sherrer, a group of seven adults and a 7-year-old child was floating the river in three rafts  secured together in the Montour area around 9 p.m. Sunday night. The rafts struck a log in the river and overturned.


Five people, including the minor, exited the river on the south side and two exited on the north side.

The pair hailed a car on the highway, which took them to the Montour Bridge; the group of five followed the railroad track to the bridge.

The groups were reunited at around 10:30 p.m. and discovered Fenton was missing.

The search resumed in the daylight Monday with Gem County Sheriff deputies, Gem County Sheriff’s Posse volunteers and citizen volunteers.

A helicopter located the body in the water at about 12:45 p.m. downstream from the Montour Bridge. It was recovered by members of the Gem County Sheriff’s Department dive team.

Officials said the victim was not wearing a life jacket.


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