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One dead, three missing in Pend Oreille River boat accident

UPDATE: July 1

The bodies of Gregory J. Daiker, age 59, of Laclede, Aaron J. Faulhaber, age 49, of Laclede, Jason L. Maxson, age 51, of Laclede, & John R. Schulte, age 59, of Sandpoint, were recovered from the Pend Oreille River after a boat capsized Tuesday evening.

The next of kin for each man has been notified.

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office, Marine Division, and Dive Team were assisted in the search by the Idaho Fish and Game & the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Sonar Team.

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office and all those who assisted after this very unfortunate tragic event, offer our sincere condolences to the family members and friends of these four men.
June 29, 2022

At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office was advised that a performance-style boat had capsized on the Pend Oreille River near Thama. It was reported that there were four persons on board. Their Marine Division and Dive Team responded and recovered the deceased body of one of the occupants.

There are currently five Bonner County vessels searching the area. There is also an Idaho Fish and Game vessel searching the shoreline. A Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Marine vessel, outfitted with sonar, is en route to assist. They have also requested additional resources from the state to assist in the search.

The Pend Oreille River at the location of the accident is approximately 94 feet deep. The capsized vessel has been pulled from the water, and an investigation into the cause of the accident is under way. The names and ages of the occupants will not be released until next of kin have been notified.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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