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Canyon County deputies save Boise man from drowning after pickup crashes into Caldwell canal

“This was truly a selfless act that likely saved this man’s life," Sheriff Kieran Donahue said.
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Canyon County Sheriff's Office vehicle.

CALDWELL, Idaho — Two Canyon County sheriff's deputies are being praised for their quick thinking and heroic actions after they saved a Boise man from drowning in a canal Tuesday night in Caldwell.

It was around 9:45 when deputies responded to a caller reporting that a pickup drove off the road and into a canal near Karcher Road and Pecan Lane. 

They arrived to find a Ford pickup floating in the middle of the canal, about 100 yards north of Karcher, and then determined that there was someone trapped inside. The windows were rolled up.

Deputies prepared for a potential water rescue, putting on life jackets and attaching throw ropes.

Shortly after that, the front of the pickup started to sink into the canal. 

One deputy yelled to the man trapped inside - later identified as a 68-year-old Boise resident - to get into the back seat to get away from the water that was quickly filling the cab. 

Another deputy tied his throw rope to the other deputy and went into the canal to rescue the driver. He then broke out the rear passenger side window with his baton and helped the driver climb out of the cab and onto the truck bed.

The deputies put a life jacket on the driver and brought him safely back to shore with the help of Caldwell firefighters. The man was transported to a Boise hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver's name is being withheld, and the sheriff's office said the crash is being investigated to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved.

“I want to give credit to the two deputies for their quick thinking and fast action last night,” Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said. “This was truly a selfless act that likely saved this man’s life. I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who work for the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office.”