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Full Scale Search For Drowning Victim Downgraded

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By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) After spending 35 hours of intensive searching and utilizing the resources of 25 people, the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue are downgrading the full scale search for the man presumed drowned in the Snake River. Searchers say the conditions underwater are very difficult in this particular area.
The conditions underwater are very difficult in this area. The team searched through boulders, crevices, underwater caves and dangerous currents in depths exceeding 50 feet. “None of the team wants to go home without finishing the job” states Lt. Daron Brown, but our people and resources have been exhausted. It’s tough to make that call.” Searches will continue by boat several times a day at this point.

The victim, 42 year old Justice Kramer of Graham, Washington, was hiking with his daughter and her friend at Pillar Falls when he slipped off a rock and fell into the water late Saturday. Emergency crews responded by boat and pulled the other two hikers off the rock, and then began searching.

Authorities say the Piller Falls area is one of the most dangerous and deadly areas of the Snake River. Anyone using the area should always use extreme caution when recreating there, officials say.


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