For the past week the airwaves and news columns have been full of danger warnings.
Tuesday afternoon three guys wrapped an expensive jet boat around one of the Broadway Bridge pilings. Two men scrambled to safety on the concrete abutment while a third swam to safety. However, the boat is likely a total loss.
In classic “Do as we say, not as we do” fashion, the rescued boaters and the jet boat were all part of the Boise Fire Department. The men were practicing swift water rescue techniques when the boat experienced mechanical problems.
Boise is a “self-insured” city, so the loss will be on the backs of taxpayers, but more importantly there is an immediate need for a new rescue boat.
One of the boaters was marooned for several hours while more than a dozen emergency vehicles crowded the bridge above. Corps of Engineers officials cut the discharge from Lucky Peak Dam by two-thirds so the boat could re retrieved with a crane.
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