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Idaho teen drowns in Portneuf River

| August 18, 2020 10:24 AM

LAVA HOT SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in eastern Idaho say a teen drowned in the Portneuf River near Lava Hot Springs on Sunday afternoon.

Bannock County Coroner Ely Taysom told the Idaho State Journal that the 17-year-old Rupert boy drowned around 3:50 p.m. Emergency responders recovered his body a few hours later.

The teen's name has not yet been released.

The drowning occurred in the same location where another teen, Marsh Valley High School Student Marcos Gil, drowned in 2018 after saving his girlfriend after she got caught in a circular current. The girlfriend made it to shore, but Gil did not. He was posthumously named a Carnegie Hero for risking his life to save another.