Idaho boat crash: 4 dead after boat capsizes in Pend Oreille River


Four people have died after the boat they were in capsized in an Idaho river this week, authorities said Friday.

Authorities were notified Tuesday night that the show-style boat had capsized in the Pend Oreille River near the community of Thama, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office said.

The body of Gregory J. Daiker, 59, of Laclede, was found Tuesday evening by the office’s marine and dive team, the sheriff’s office said.

Aaron J. Faulhaber, 49, of Laclede, was found dead Thursday evening in about 80 feet of water near the capsizing site, according to the office.

The bodies of Jason L. Maxon, 51, of Laclede, and John R. Schulte, 59, of Sandpoint, were found Friday in about 60 feet of water, also nearby, the sheriff’s office said.

The cause of the capsizing is under investigation. The boat was pulled from the water on Wednesday; it had overturned where the river is 94 feet deep, the office said.

A sonar team from a nearby county sheriff’s office assisted in the search for the bodies.

Thama is approximately 45 road miles north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and 60 road miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.

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