The Bonneville County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office says a 57-year-old Soda Springs man drowned in Palisades Reservoir Wednesday. According to a news release from the department, officers received a call to the Palisades Reservoir near McCoy Creek shortly before 3:00 pm for a possible drowning. The reporting party told Dispatch a man on a paddle board went into the water and did not resurface.
The man was not wearing a life jacket at the time. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Search and Rescue, Swan Valley Fire and Idaho Falls Ambulance all responded to the area. An arriving Deputy was able to dive in the location where the male had been last seen and quickly recover him. However, the man, identified as Gary Vorwaller was already deceased.
The sheriff’s office reminds recreationists that they should always be prepared with a proper fitting life vest before going into the water.