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Man swept away in Salmon River after attempting to save children from tipped canoe

RIGGINS, Idaho - The Idaho County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who fell into the Salmon River on Friday. 

According to a release, 34-year-old Keawe Pestana, of Boise, jumped into the river in an attempt to rescue three children who had fallen out of a canoe. The children were wearing life jackets and made it to safety. Pestana surfaced briefly, but was not seen again. 

Family searched the river until ICSO personnel arrived to assist. Bureau of Land Management officials also assisted, along with Life Flight. 

Crews continued to search Saturday and Sunday, but were unable to located Pestana. Authorities are continuing to search the river and daily. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office. 

ICSO would like to remind the public that the Salmon River remains cold and dangerous, despite springtime temperatures. Always wear a life jacket when getting in or around water. 


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