BOISE - A family of eight had to be rescued from the Boise River Saturday afternoon after their raft became trapped up against a pillar.

The rafters got stuck when the current pushed their craft up against one of the pillars of Parkcenter Bridge, and they were unable to get it loose.

Boise Fire rescue teams were able to reach the family and got all of them to safety. Fire officials say all the children were wearing life vests.

The Boise River ran at 1480 cubic feet per second Saturday, making it higher and faster than is typical for this time of year. Officials reminded river floaters to paddle around the bridge pillars: relying on the current can sometimes end with a raft held against them by the force of the water.

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