North Idaho

Teen dies from drowning accident that killed brother

17-year-old Isaac Grasser died Friday, three days after being rescued from the Pend Oreille River, according to a GoFundMe account set up for the family.

Isaac's 11-year-old brother, Michael, was also pulled from the river that day, but died at the scene.  

Just after 4:00 on the afternoon of August 1, Bonner County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the Morton Slough boat launch area of the Pend Oreille River for the water rescue of two brothers.

The boys mother said they were swimming in the area when she could no longer locate them.

Deputies said the boys were inexperienced swimmers, who started out wearing life vests, but took them off thinking the water was shallow. The brothers were unaware of the current in the river.

Deputies said Isaac began to experience difficulties staying afloat and started to panic. His mom jumped in the water to try and save him, but began to be taken under by his struggles. She then swam to shore to get help.

Michael then jumped in the water to try and help his brother and began to struggle as well, according to the Sheriff's Office.

People in the area heard the mother crying for help and were able to pull the 17-year-old out of the water and begin CPR. They could not find the 11-year-old.

The Bonner County dive team later found the youngest child in six to seven feet of water. 

According to deputies, the Isaac eventually gained a pulse and was flown to Kootenai Medical Center, where he remained on life support before he died three days later, according to the GoFunMe page. 

Deputies said despite their life saving efforts, Michael never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene. 


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