LUCILE, Idaho.—Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said a Coeur d’Alene man disappeared Sunday while rafting on the Salmon River.
Deputies said 35-year-old Andrew Joseph “AJ” Gray was on a raft that flipped and spilled several people into the river Sunday afternoon. Multiple agencies, local outfitters, and boaters searched for Gray, but were not able to find him.
Family members of Gray told KREM 2 News that the raft did not flip over but rather hit a rock, causing some of the raft's occupants to lose balance and fall off.
“This is an unfortunate reminder that people recreating on the rivers need to wear life vests,” said Sheriff Doug Giddings.
Gray was not wearing his life vest when he went into the river according to deputies. The Riggins Dive Team and Idaho County Sheriff’s Office continued to search for him on Monday.
Family members of Gray told KREM 2 News that Gray and some of the other occupants had taken off their life vests minutes before they were to come to shore. The occupants thought they were in a calm section of water, according to family members.