Accident Database

Report ID# 3621

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water

Accident Description

According to his obituary Jon was a commercial raft guide on the Arkansas River in Colorado

Associated Press per KTVB (Boise, ID) - IDAHO FALLS -- Authorities in central Idaho on Wednesday morning retrieved the body of a Colorado Springs, Colo., man who died several days earlier during a rafting trip on the remote Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Custer County Sheriff's Office says the body of 34-year-old Jonathan Victor Boling was flown out by airplane and taken to a funeral home in Challis. Arrangements are being made to take the body to Colorado.

Officials tell the Post Register a rafting accident happened at Velvet Falls late Sunday morning not long after the 14-member party launched in four rafts and seven pontoon boats. Officials say Boling wasn't in the 38-degree water very long but efforts to revive him failed. The rafters then traveled downstream with Boling's body to an airstrip.


Associated Press via KTVB (Boise, ID) CHALLIS, Idaho -- Officials in central Idaho say a rafter is missing and presumed drowned after a weekend accident on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Custer County sheriff's office says someone fell from an inflatable river raft at an area of rapids known as Velvet Falls, about 5 miles downstream from the Boundary Creek boat launch. The person fell into the fast-moving water at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The search for the body continues. The missing person was part of a rafting party of 14 people that launched into the river Sunday morning. The person's name, age and gender were being withheld while family members were notified. 


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