UPDATE: Authorities identify Bingham County drowning victim

UPDATE

The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s drowning in the Snake River:

On December 6, 2017 at approx. 2:23 pm, the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a boat that overturned in the Snake River between Shelley and Firth. One passenger in the boat was able to make it out safely.    The other, 48-year-old male, Bryce Lloyd did not make it out of the water.   Efforts to locate Lloyd continue.   

ORIGINAL STORY

By Journal Staff

SHELLEY — Authorities said a Bingham County man drowned Wednesday afternoon after a drift boat capsized on the Snake River.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. downstream from the North Bingham County Park near Shelley.

According to the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, two adult males fell into the water after their drift boat went over a diversion and capsized in the river.

Though one of the boaters was able to make it to shore safely, the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office said the other man drowned.

A massive search effort involving the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, the Bingham County Search and Rescue Team, and the Shelley Fire Department was launched after the incident was reported. Despite utilizing a helicopter and a search boat that combed the Snake River, there has been no sign of the missing boater as of Wednesday evening.

Though authorities halted the search at dusk, Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland said the search for the man’s body will continue at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities have not released the name of the drowning victim, but they did say he resided in Bingham County. The victim’s name is expected to be released on Thursday.