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Search scaled back on Salmon River for drowned man

LUCILE – Search efforts were scaled back, as of press time Tuesday, for a presumed drowning victim from a weekend rafting accident.

Joseph “A.J.” Gray, 35, of Coeur d’Alene remains missing following a Sunday, June 8, incident.

The accident was reported at 2 p.m. to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) that a raft had flipped, spilling several people into the river near Lucile, and that Gray was missing. He was not wearing a life vest.

ICSO, Grangeville Mountain Rescue, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Riggins Dive Team, and local outfitters and boaters, searched unsuccessfully for the victim.

Due to high-water conditions, according to ICSO Lt. Doug Ulmer, divers are being kept out of the river for safety concerns. The search for Gray will continue by the Riggins Dive Team and ICSO personnel during regular patrols.

Sheriff Giddings said, “This is an unfortunate reminder that people recreating on the rivers need to wear life vests.”


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