Montana woman drowns while rafting on Little Salmon River

RIGGINS - A Montana woman drowned during a rafting excursion on the Little Salmon River Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The incident happened a little before 5:30 p.m. along Idaho 95, just south of Riggins.

According to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Lindsay A. Rice of Great Falls, Montana was riding on a cataraft with another person when both fell into the water.

CPR was started and Rice was taken by ambulance to the Riggins High School football field, where medics from an air ambulance pronounced her dead, officials said.

The other person who went into the river was not injured.

The sheriff's office says Rice's life vest may not have been properly secured and came off when she was in the river.

"Everyone need to remember to use the proper equipment and take great care while recreating on our rivers," said Lt. Doug Ulmer. "The water conditions remain hazardous."

This was the second drowning in that area last week. On Monday, May 29, a Riggins man was presumed drowned after his vehicle went into the Little Salmon River. At last check, his body had not been recovered.

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