Jerome man missing after boating accident

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Authorities say they a Jerome man has been missing for 10 days after a boating accident on a stretch of the Snake River in Hells Canyon.
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Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings has identified the missing boater as 64-year-old Ray Dean Leavitt. Police say the accident happened less than a mile north of Cooper Bar before noon on Oct. 14.

The Times-News reports that Leavitt was fishing with friends and family when the front of the boat struck a rock, sending Leavitt and fellow angler, Tom Blair, of Twin Falls, into turbulent waters. Giddings says Blair swam back to the boat, but Leavitt did not make it.

Giddings says rescue crews made several dive attempts in the area, but were unsuccessful. He said cadaver dogs and divers made a final attempt to locate the body Tuesday.

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