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Man drowns while canal surfing in Boise Idaho

Idaho canal © Kenneth Freeman
New York canal in Idaho © Kenneth Freeman

 

 

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Man's foot became tangled in rope and he was pulled under

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 August, 2014 - Michael Nelson, 23, of Boise died Monday evening of accidental drowning, Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg reported late Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses say Nelson was "surfing" on a piece of plywood tied to a New York Canal diversion dam near Five Mile Road when his foot became tangled in a rope and he was pulled under the water, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reported. He is believed to have been submerged for 10 to 15 minutes before a passerby was able to free him and pull him to shore.

Nelson was a commercial truck driver for Hayden Beverage, where company President Dan Scovel said the news of his death was tough on co-workers. "There’s lots of people that know Mike, "Scovel said. "I had heard nothing negative, and people respected his work."

According to Nelson's FaceBook page, he studied computer programming technology at Stevens-Henager College and had previously attended Mountain View High School. 

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