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Idaho man dies kayaking on the Yaak River

May 9, 2022

At approximately 12:19 p.m. Sunday, May 8, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received an SOS message from a GPS device in the Yaak River area west of Troy. Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office began responding to the area. Updated information indicated that the 38-year-old man who sent the message was healthy and on a kayaking trip with three other men.

A short time later, one of the men was able to make it to a phone and call 911 to report that 50-year-old Steven Koning, from Idaho, was kayaking with the group on the Yaak River approximately three to four miles north of the Kootenai River. The group was going through a rough stretch of river when Koning fell out of his kayak. Fellow kayakers attempted to help him get to safety, but he slipped underwater and they lost sight of him.

David Thompson Search and Rescue, Troy Volunteer Ambulance and Two Bear Air Rescue responded to assist in the search, and the Boundary County Sheriff's Office was alerted, sending deputies to the state line and activating Boundary Search and Dive Rescue.

Members of David Thompson Search and Rescue located Koning’s body at approximately 3:33 p.m. in the Kootenai River near the Idaho-Montana state line.

Notifications were made by the Lincoln County Coroner.

Editor's Note: This article initially indicated that Steven Koning was from Oregon, but a subsequent release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office corrected the initial release.

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