Credit: Idaho County Sheriff's Office
On its top, submerged in the Selway River, the Chevrolet Suburban awaits extraction. This vehicle was involved in a May 21 accident involving six men; only two escaped the crash while four remain missing.
As of Friday, May 25, 2018
UPDATE, Friday, May 25 - The search continues for four men missing in the Selway River after a motor vehicle crash on Monday, May 21.
According to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday, May 23, Painted Rock Fire Suppression, Back Country Helicopter and Salmon Rafting were able to secure a line on the Suburban. Thursday, heavy equipment was brought in and the vehicle was removed from the river. None of the victims was located inside the vehicle.
The missing men are: Koby J. Clark, 21, of Bozeman, MT; Reece L. Rollins, 22, of Terrebonne, OR; and brothers Raymond P. Ferrieri, 24, and Jesse A. Ferrieri, 21, both of Mahopac Falls, NY.
The two men that successfully exited the vehicle, Jesse Gunin and Jason Lewis, ages unknown, suffered no major injuries and have returned home to Georgia.
The Idaho County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team, Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, US Forest Service and multiple volunteers and family members will continue recovery efforts on land, water and air with personnel on foot, horseback, boats and with dogs.
TUESDAY, May 22 - Emergency response personnel continue to search for four people unaccounted for following a Monday morning vehicle accident into the Selway River
As of press time Tuesday, May 22, the names of the victims had not been released, pending notification of all families of those involved.
The incident was reported Monday, May 21, at 5:45 a.m., according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO). The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office in Hamilton, Mont., received reports of a vehicle that drove into the Selway River approximately 50 miles west of Darby, Mont., in the backcountry of Idaho County. The information reported to Ravalli County 911 was there were six occupants in the vehicle and two occupants were able to escape.
As the closest access point for the location is from Darby, ICSO requested assistance from the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, Two Bear Air, a medical search and rescue helicopter from Flathead County, Mont., and a Life flight helicopter were requested to assist in searching for the remaining occupants of the vehicle.
Two Bear Air flew the river looking for remaining individuals but found none.
Currently, due to high-water and fast-moving conditions, it is not safe to remove the vehicle to check for the other occupants, according to ICSO.
Clearwater County’s Back Country Helicopter and Idaho County Sheriff’s personnel and Search and Rescue are responding to the area and will continue looking for the occupants.