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Heyburn man dies when boat sinks in reservoir

Another man was saved and taken to the hospital by rescue crews.
Credit: Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office

TWIN FALLS COUNTY, Idaho — One man is dead and another was rescued after the boat they were in sank in the Salmon Falls Reservoir Friday morning.

According to the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a 911 call just before 10 a.m. about two people trapped on a boat that was taking on water. Air St. Luke’s, Magic Valley Paramedics and Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers also responded.

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One of the men, 65-year-old James A. Wilson of Jerome was pulled from the water and airlifted to St. Luke’s Magic Valley. His current condition has not been released.

Rescuers continued to search for the other boater, identified as  Dr. Eugene Holm, 80, of Heyburn. The capsized boat was ultimately found beneath the water using sonar, but officials had to call off the search for the night. 

On Saturday morning, searchers returned to the reservoir with an underwater drone. The drone helped officials confirm that the boat had settled at 103 feet below the surface, and that Holm's body was still onboard. 

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A dive team successfully recovered Holm's body Saturday afternoon, according to the sheriff's office. 

"We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the teams and volunteers that responded to assist with these efforts, as well as our most sincere condolences and sympathy to the family," the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. 

Crews are still working to raise the sunken boat. It is unclear what caused the watercraft to begin taking on water. 

Credit: Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office

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