JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Authorities searching for Oliver Woodward, the 21-year-old missing from a rafting accident on the Snake River since July 4, admit they are most likely looking for a body at this point. They do not expect to find Woodward alive. The rescue mission has shifted to recovery mode.
Members of Search and Rescue continue to scour the Snake downriver of Astoria. Scent dogs, trained to sniff out cadavers even in water, are being deployed at slower moving sections of the river.
Woodward was not wearing a PFD at the time of the incident and alcohol may have been a factor.
At less than 50 degrees for the most part, the fast-moving water in the Snake River saps strength quickly. Once submerged, a person has just minutes (perhaps 6 to 8 minutes) to get out before they succumb to hypothermia.
Swift water training last night on Snake River swimmer in the water pick up enjoy mother nature be safe and have fun this weekend
Posted by Star Valley Search & Rescue on Friday, June 2, 2017