Authorities: Tree lands on about ten people, critically injuring two, during rope swing accident

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 00:13:12-04

BOISE, Idaho — According to Boise Fire officials, at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, several people were using a rope swing on the Boise River just down from the Baybrook Footbridge when the tree holding the swing fell, landing on roughly ten people. Two men in their thirties suffered critical injuries, a woman in her twenties suffered moderate injuries and a teen had minor injuries, according to authorities.

Boise Fire officials say all were taken to the hospital. Idaho News 6 reached out to officials for an update on their conditions Sunday, but they were not able to provide more information.

The department responded to another incident on the Boise River Saturday, as well as one on the Greenbelt.

According to the Boise Fire Department, the first call came in at 10:00 a.m. reporting a cardiac arrest on the Greenbelt near the Martin Footbridge. CPR was started by an off-duty Boise Police Officer and Boise Fire crews took over when they arrived. The man, in his 60’s had no pulse, but did eventually regain a pulse and was transported to the hospital.

The first call from the Boise River came around 1:30 p.m., after a woman jumped off the Baybrook Footbridge and hurt her back when she landed. Friends assisted her to a take-out point where she was treated by Ada County Paramedics.