The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday its plans to decrease the flows of the Boise River early Friday morning to assist Ada County first responders in their search for a Nampa teen who jumped in the river.
The river will be decreased by 1,500 cubic feet 3 a.m. Friday, according to a press release from the corps.
Witnesses told police the man jumped into the water with two friends, according to a tweet from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. He was swept under the water and they lost sight of him after that. Crews from the Star Fire District, the Eagle and Boise fire departments, the Boise Police Department and Lifelight conducted an aerial search of the river Thursday morning but have not found him.
The Boise River is currently too high and too swift for a dive team to enter the water, according to another tweet from the sheriff’s office. For that reason, deputies are continuing the search using a drone.
Deputies wrapped up Thursday’s search before 5 p.m. Thursday, with plans to head back out Friday.
“The river flows will be reduced tomorrow allowing our dive team to search the water,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet at 4:58 p.m. Thursday.
The Boise River presents a challenge for first responders trying to find and rescue people because it is too shallow for certain types of watercraft. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office, for instance, has boats available for searches in Lucky Peak Reservoir and the Snake River, but those boats are unable to enter the Boise River. The Boise Fire Department had one boat it used for water rescues on the river, but it was damaged in a training exercise in April and has not yet been replaced, said Char Jackson, spokeswoman for the department.
“It’s something that we potentially would’ve used (in a search),” she said.
Deputies with the ACSO Dive Team searched the water from the Star Road bridge to the diversion dam downstream but found no sign of the missing swimmer. The search for the 19-year-old Nampa man will continue from the air further down the river in the days ahead. pic.twitter.com/CJAErXEiZa— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) June 7, 2019