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.
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