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U.S. Coast Guard holds boater education event in Idaho Saturday

The event will be at the Harrison City Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will teach boaters about how to stay safe on the water.
Coast Guard to assist on Lake Coeur d'Alene

HARRISON, IDAHO, Idaho — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is hosting a boater education event Saturday in Harrison, Idaho.  

According to a Coast Guard Auxiliary spokesperson, they will be at the Harrison City Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. teaching boaters about how to stay safe on the water, life vest safety and doing vessel inspections. The event is free and open to the public.  

The event comes a week after a 45-year-old man drowned in Lake Coeur d’Alene. 

In a press release on Monday afternoon, the sheriff's office identified the man as 45-year-old Kevin L. Walker from Kellogg, Idaho. 

When the Kootenai County Sheriff showed up to the Highway 3 and Kilarney Lake Road area, a woman reported that she and Walker were boating on the river. 

At some point when they were boating, the keys fell into the water. They both made an effort to grab the keys by jumping into the water.  

The woman said that at one point Walker started calling out for help. He was also not wearing a life jacket. 

The woman had been wearing a life jacket and was able to make it to the shore safely. She then attempted to toss Walker her life jacket. He shortly after disappeared into the water. 

When dive team members arrived, they searched for over an hour for Walker but were unsuccessful. Deputies from the Side Scan Sonar Team later responded trying to locate Walker as well, but were unsuccessful as well.  

On Sunday, the search continued and some portions of the Coeur d'Alene River from Rose Lake to the Hwy 3 Bridge south of Kilarney Lake Road were closed to boating traffic.