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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Press Release – Floating Accident on Big Wood River

Miller float accident crop

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m. emergency responders were dispatched to a report of a rafter stuck on a log near a bridge in the Big Wood River south of Ketchum, Idaho.

Upon arrival, deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office found an inflatable raft partially submerged and lodged against a fallen log in the middle of the river. Two men were attempting to keep the head of the victim, Nicholas Patrick Miller, age 74 of Hailey, Idaho, above water and pull him back onto the raft. Miller was eventually freed and taken to the shoreline where CPR was initiated. Miller was later transported via air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise and remains in critical condition. 

Blaine County Sheriff Steve Harkins stated, “Please use extreme caution when swimming or floating any portion of the Big Wood River. Logs, strainers, and currents are extremely dangerous and accidents can happen quickly.”

Sheriff Steve Harkins


Posted July 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

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