1 dead and 3 missing in a boat accident


PRIEST RIVER — One person has died and three others are missing following a boating accident on the Pend Oreille River Tuesday night, according to the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office.

BCSO Undersheriff Ror Lakewold said emergency crews were notified just after 7 p.m. that a performance boat had capsized on the river in the Thama area, about two miles from Priest River and about 16 miles from Sandpoint .

The age, gender and identity of those on board are not being disclosed at this time, Lakewold said.

One person on the boat was found and died. The three other occupants of the boat are still missing.

While crews were unable to recover the 34-foot MTI boat Tuesday evening, Lakewold said BCSO was able to secure it Wednesday morning.

The boat was recovered from roughly the same area as the person found dead.

Currently, five BCSO boats are on site in the area, as is the BSCO dive team, as the search continues for those on the boat, Lakewold said.

The single boat accident is being investigated to determine what may have caused the boat to capsize.

While conditions on the river in the area are relatively calm, Lakewold said there was a light current in the area. He didn’t know what role, if any, it played in the accident.

Lakewold said the sheriff’s office plans to issue an update on the accident in the coming days.

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