The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office issued the following update Wednesday evening:
Search efforts for the day have been unsuccessful thus far. Divers were dealing with water temperatures in the mid 30’s. With darkness and falling temperatures, a difficult but joint decision has been made to regroup and plan to reconvene in the morning.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends, who have been nothing shy of amazing to work with. We also thank the great men and women of Search and Rescue who volunteer their time and resources at a moment’s notice to serve, Air Idaho Rescue for an aerial vantage point, and Aberdeen Fire / EMS for assistance on scene.
Our search is not focused on a large area of land at this time, but rather the water. We’ve had several volunteers ask to help, but the unfortunate reality is specialized equipment and manpower is what we have and what is needed.
We live in a great community where everyone is willing to stop everything and help each other out. We must never lose that mindset! However, with this circumstance, the best thing that can be done is to avoid the area to mitigate the need for separate rescues or vehicle recoveries. It’s a difficult ask, but one that we are making. We don’t want to distract resources that are coordinated and focused on the task at hand. Please help us in that regard.
Thanks again Bingham County Family. You are as good as they come.
BLACKFOOT — Bingham County deputies and Search and Rescue personnel are looking for a juvenile who went into the water while hunting, according to a Facebook post from the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office.
The coordinated search effort Wednesday evening is for “a juvenile male that went into the water while hunting with friends and did not come out,” according to the post.
The incident reportedly happened west of the McTucker Ponds area.
The victim’s family has been contacted and is on scene, police said.
“Our staff and the family affected will take all the thoughts and prayers you’re willing to offer,” officials said.
The Sheriff’s Office is not requesting volunteers to help with the search and the public is asked to stay away from the area so personnel can work.
EastIdahoNews.com will update this story as we learn more.