ABERDEEN, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE: Sheriff Craig T. Rowland has talked with a witness and was informed Eric Wahlen was the person who swam out and got the juvenile out of the water.
"Eric risked his own life to go out and get the juvenile. He is a true hero and that family is thankful that he risked his life to save a life. Way to go Eric,"
Sheriff Rowland said.
ORIGINAL: A 19-year-old swimmer drowned while swimming at the Sportsman’s Park boat ramp in Aberdeen.
Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland said deputies were called at 7:40 p.m. Friday.
A 14-year-old boy was swimming with the older teen, identified as Carlos Hernandez Perez. Both subjects went down while swimming.
The younger boy was rescued by several people, including two Aberdeen patrol officers.
Perez was located about 40 minutes later and transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead there.
Rowland thanked those who jumped in to rescue the juvenile. He said they likely saved the boy’s life.