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Crews recover body of man who fell in Lake Coeur d’Alene

August 24, 2021 GMT

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The Kootenai County Sheriff’s office says search crews have recovered the body of a man who disappeared in Lake Coeur d’Alene on Sunday.

The sheriff’s office said in a prepared statement that the man was in his 40s, and his body was found about 200 yards from shore near City Beach, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported. Investigators said the man wasn’t wearing a life jacket and had been drinking when he fell off a boat into the water Sunday afternoon.

“As a result of the wind and water conditions, the male was not able to make it back to the boat,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a press release. “The occupants of the boat attempted to throw life jackets to the male, but he was unable to reach any of them.”

Another person on the boat called 911 about 3:15 p.m. on Sunday to report that someone was missing in the water. A diving rescue team, a sonar team and other first responders began searching for the man, but stopped after it became dark. The search was resumed Monday morning using sonar, a cadaver dog and a helicopter.

The sheriff’s office didn’t release the man’s name because he didn’t live in the area and his relatives had not yet been notified. The death remains under investigation.