U.S. Coast Guard holds boater education event in Idaho on Saturday

The event will take place at Harrison City Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will teach boaters how to stay safe on the water.

HARRISON, IDAHO, Idaho – The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is hosting a boater education event in Harrison, Idaho on Saturday.

According to a spokesperson for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, they will be at Harrison City Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. teaching boaters how to stay safe on the water, lifejacket safety and vessel inspections. The event is free and open to the public.

The event comes a week after a 45-year-old man drowned in Lac Coeur d’Alene.

In a press release issued Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office identified the man as Kevin L. Walker, 45, of Kellogg, Idaho.

When the Kootenai County Sheriff showed up in the Hwy 3 and Kilarney Lake Road area, a woman reported that she and Walker were boating on the river.

At one point, while they were sailing, the keys fell into the water. They both made an effort to grab the keys while jumping into the water.

The woman said that at one point Walker started crying for help. He was also not wearing a life jacket.

The woman was wearing a life jacket and was able to reach shore safely. She then attempted to throw her life jacket at Walker. He disappeared soon after in the water.

When the members of the dive team arrived, they searched for Walker for over an hour, but were unsuccessful. Members of the side-scan sonar team then responded by trying to locate Walker as well, but also unsuccessfully.

On Sunday, the search continued and parts of the Coeur d’Alene River, from Rose Lake to the Highway 3 bridge south of the Kilarney Lake Road, were closed to navigation.


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