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Boise boy, 10, drowns in kayaking accident on Payette River

The kayaking accident happened Wednesday near Lowman.
Credit: Misty Inglet/KTVB
Rapids on the South Fork of the Payette River east of Garden Valley.

BOISE, Idaho — A 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead at a Boise hospital Wednesday night, after a kayaking accident on the South Fork of the Payette River near Lowman.

Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens identified the boy as Maximus Samuel Hansen, of Boise. The cause of death is listed as freshwater drowning due to a kayaking accident.

According to the Boise County Sheriff's Office, the boy and his family were all wearing life jackets when the accident happened. 

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Authorities tell KTVB that the accident did not happen in an area of rapids, but rather, in an area where a tree had come down in the river during a recent storm.

The boy was taken to St. Luke's Boise Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The Boise County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident. No other details have been released by authorities.

Several people have drowned this summer while recreating on various sections of the Payette River.

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