MOUNTAIN HOME -- The Elmore County Sheriff's Office says two men drowned in the Snake River Sunday afternoon while trying to save an eight-year-old boy from drowning. The men were the boy's father and uncle.
Twenty-two-year-old Michael Feldmeier saw it all happen, and jumped in the river to save the boy.
I'm assuming the dad jumped in first to save the kid and then found out he couldn't swim or something, or the current grabbed him and the brother jumped in, said Feldmeier.
The Elmore County Sheriff's Office says it happened near the Loveridge Bridge on the Snake River off Highway 51. The boy's father, uncle and other family members were fishing on shore when they saw the boy bobbing in the water.
Feldmeier had been fishing with his brother and friends. He was making his way off the river, but ran back when he heard screams and commotion. He saw someone waving them down for help.
So we turned around real fast we got to the water and all three of us jumped out, said Feldmeier.
Feldmeier says his first instinct was to help the eight-year-old boy.
We got the kid out and by the time we got out, I was out of breath, said Feldmeier. Those guys couldn't really swim.
Feldmeier says he got to the boy as quickly as he could. His brother also jumped in, but couldn't reach the two men.
The Elmore County Sheriff's Office says the boy's father and uncle were swept away by the current and disappeared under the surface before anyone could reach them.
They were pretty much gone before we could do anything else, said Feldmeier.
The bodies of 37-year-old Jose Jorge Barroso-Alfaro and 35-year-old Martin Barroso-Alfaro were recovered from the Snake River. Feldmeier says the eight-year-old boy did not need medical attention.