ADA COUNTY, Idaho — Marine deputies with the Ada County Sheriff's Office have indefinitely suspended their search for a 16-year-old boy who disappeared the night of July 18 after falling off of a personal watercraft.
A spokesman for the sheriff's office said Monday that, after nearly a week of searching the lake, the county's dive team has suspended the search. Ada County marine deputies remain on the lookout and are paying extra attention to the area where the boy fell as part of their daily patrol.
The missing boy was riding with another person on the watercraft, when they hit a wave and the boy fell in. The Ada County Sheriff's Office said the two people were not wearing life jackets.
The driver of the watercraft jumped into the water but could not find the boy, an Ada County Sheriff's Office news release said. Several people from another boat also tried to help find the boy, but were not able to.
The area where the boy was last seen is very deep and the water temperature is in the low 60s, it said, and that the dive teams were being assisted by Gene Ralston, an underwater search and recovery expert.
The night the boy disappeared, deputies spent more than an hour doing rescue dives, but could not locate the person. They ceased their searches around 11 p.m. The sheriff's office said they "transitioned to recovery" the next morning.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information is confirmed.
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