KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Dive teams recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy from Spokane who drowned Saturday evening in Blue Lake.
When the teams arrived on scene, they concentrated their search to the area where the boat the juvenile was on initially stopped. Sonar equipment was deployed into the water and divers searched the weedy area around the perimeter of the lake shore.
At 4pm Sunday, investigators located a target that was possibly the victim. Dive teams then found the boy’s body located in 15 feet of water.
The investigation was still ongoing after the recovery, but investigators said the signs pointed to the drowning being a tragic accident. An autopsy will be performed to determine the actual cause of death.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency crews responded to the reported drowning around 6pm Saturday at Blue Lake, off the Coeur d’ Alene River.
Investigators say the 14 year old arrived at the lake to go boating with his father, siblings, and friends. The boy was reporteldy swimming with three other children. As the children were swimming near a boat, the victim got separated from the other three. The three other children eventually lost sight of the 14 year old, and could no longer see him on the surface. They continued to search the area but were not able to locate the missing swimmer. A boat that was in the area was able to call 911 and the Dive Rescue Team was paged out. Divers arrived on scene and began searching the lake for over two hours but were not able to locate the missing juvenile. The search was suspended due to darkness.
The Sheriff’s Office resumed the search Sunday morning before recovering the body.
Blue Lake is a remote lake that is only assessable via boat.