IDAHO – A message from authorities in Idaho Falls could not be more pertinent right now as police have called out the Bonneville Dive Team to look for a missing woman during National Safe Boating Week.
Idaho Falls Police and Fire Department have been searching for Kayla Davis, 23, of Pocatello, who reportedly fell into the Snake River on the south side of the Broadway bridge near the Marriott hotel. The reporting party alleged that the woman slipped on driftwood and fell in the water at about 11:40pm on May 9.
The Bonneville County Search and Rescue Dive Team responded and began searching more than an hour, but due to the water conditions of extreme cold and swift current, as well as the difficulty seeing in the dark, the dive search was suspended until the next day. The search is still ongoing though hope of finding Davis alive at this point is grim.
Idaho Falls Police and the Bonneville County dive team are diligently searching for evidence of the incident. IFPD detectives are investigating the report and checking resources in the area to obtain other information on this report. The investigation is expected to take some time to complete.
Law enforcement also wishes to remind the public to be very careful near waterways.
Last year 16 individuals died in boating accidents, 14 of them drowned after falling out of a boat or entering the water after the boat capsized. This year Idaho has seen at least four drownings due to cold water temperatures, one of which that is still being sought after here in Idaho Falls.
Right now the Snake River is running high and swift, with an anticipated increase in water flow throughout the system starting today and tomorrow, and conditions are very dangerous. Water from seasonal runoff is extremely cold and can quickly incapacitate the human body by causing hypothermia. Add to that swift water, hidden obstacles, and floating debris that makes it very difficult in an emergency to self-rescue.
At this time the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office does not recommend water recreation on the Snake River due to these conditions.