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21-year old Malad man identified as Teton River drowning victim

This story courtesy of EastIdahoNews.com. It is used here with permission.

By Nate Sunderland

EastIdahoNews.com

Authorities are still searching for the body of a missing man who drowned in the Teton River near Monkey Rock.
Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries tells EastIdahoNews.com the man is 21-year-old Calvin Willie from Malad. He was a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He was one of 10 kids who went floating down the river Friday.

Crews believe Willie’s body is caught near a dam where the rapids are particularly strong.
“Anytime you come across a low head dam, you’ve got to exercise extreme caution. Do not go near them. The downstream side of those low head dams is a death trap,” says Humphries. “The water is just boiling and it traps things. It’s really dangerous.”

The water temperature is around 50 degrees, which also makes hypothermia a high risk when floating the river at this time of year. Humphries is urging people to know the water before they attempt to float or recreate on the river.

Day three of the search just wrapped, and will resume again Monday morning. Water and air rescue teams from Fremont and Bonneville County are involved.

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