Firefighters rescue three floaters on Boise River

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Firefighters rescued three floaters from the Boise River Sunday evening after two separate rafts overturned underneath the Parkcenter Bridge.

The first incident happened shortly before 7:00 p.m. Sunday. A witness says a woman was holding onto a piece of wood that was pinned against a pillar underneath the bridge.

The Boise Fire Dive Rescue Team was able to reach her with a boat and personal water craft. Crews say she was cold and scared, but wasn't injured.

When they brought her to shore, a man who was floating in the same raft said he had also fallen out of the raft when it hit the pillar, but was able to get to the side.

At that point, firefighters saw another raft get pinned up against a different pillar under the same bridge. Two women were knocked out of that raft into the river. Rescue crews were able to get to them quickly, but say both women were wearing life jackets.

The Boise Fire Department says the river is running higher and colder than normal right now. Water flows are slightly above 1500 cubic feet per second (CFS). Normal flow during the float season is anywhere between 900-1,000 CFS. Crews say the water is also very cold.

"These conditions can get the best of even a very good swimmer," Battalion Chief Tom Pawek said. "Rafters need to be prepared, war life jackets, shoes and take other safety precautions, always be aware of the river current, where they are, and remember the river conditions change daily."