Teton County Sheriff's Office

A woman died on the Snake River today shortly after noon Tuesday in a guided fishing incident when the drift boat the woman and two other people were in "began to take on water and kind of overturned," said Cody Lockhart with Teton County Search and Rescue.

"[The boat] hit a little whirlypool, and it was enough to suck the side under a little bit where it would take on water," Lockhart said.

Lockhart said the woman was a tourist not from Jackson and was in the boat with a fellow tourist and a "longtime local fishing guide." The guide and other person in the boat were able to swim to safety and were uninjured, Lockhart added.

Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr said a swiftwater rescue team and medics were called to the scene at 12:17 p.m. He added that the rescue personnel were able to access the scene "both by land and by river, so we had our team and medics on the scene pretty quickly."

Lockhart said, "Significant resources were there in a timely manner — SAR and Fire/EMS — but we weren't able to get her heart back. We worked it for a while. Like, they worked it for a significant amount of time" using CPR to try to revive the woman. He added that an emergency room doctor was among first responders at the scene near South Park.

Carr said at about 3:20 p.m. that next-of-kin were being notified.

No information was immediately available on the person's age, but Lockhart described her as "kind of an older woman," though he declined to give an age estimate. Her identity will not be available until notification of next-of-kin is completed.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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