Body of man who drowned during rescue attempt found

Posted at 10:40 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 12:40:04-04

RIGGINS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say the body of a man who drowned while trying to save three children after their canoe capsized has been recovered near Riggins.

The Lewiston Tribune reports 34-year-old Keawe Pestana of Boise dove into the Salmon River on April 26 to try to rescue the three children, who fell into the water after their canoe flipped near the Twin Beaches Campground. The children were wearing life jackets and floated to safety, but Pestana went under the water and wasn’t found.

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says Pestana’s body was discovered in an eddy Sunday by a fisherman who was boating near Riggins.