Accident Database

Report ID# 34360

  • Swim into Rock or Sieve
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Accident Description

From FB: Andrew Dunning It was on Staircase rapid on the SF Payette. They pinned the raft at the entrance to the rapid and everyone on the boat swam. It’s a long and rocky rapid at these levels and the man who drowned had some health problems already (Copd, and other issues). By the end of the rapid he was already unconscious with no pulse.

Meridian man drowned while rafting Payette River, Boise County coroner says

A Meridian man died Saturday evening in a whitewater rafting accident in Boise County, according to Deputy Chief Coroner Mike Johnson. 

Pete Herbst, 67, was rafting with family on the Payette River around 6:30 p.m. when he fell out of the raft as it went over a series of rapids. Herbst, who was wearing a life jacket, became trapped between rocks and was held underneath the water.

First responders attempted to revive Herbst when they arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, near milepost 2 on Banks-Lowman Road.

Johnson said Herbst’s cause of death was accidental drowning.


Meridian man drowns while rafting on S. Fork Payette River

Pete Herbst was rafting with family when he fell off the raft while going through some rapids, officials said.

Author: KTVB

Published:  July 15, 2018

BANKS, Idaho - A Meridian man drowned after he fell out of a raft on the South Fork of the Payette River, officials said. It happened at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday off of Banks-Lowman Road. Boise County Deputy Coroner Mike Johnson tells KTVB that 67-year-old Pete Herbst was rafting with family members when he fell out of the raft while going through some rapids, and got stuck underwater on some rocks. The official cause of death is listed as accidental drowning. Johnson said Herbst was wearing a life


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