BOISE, Idaho — Anxious family members watched yesterday from a hill as dive teams searched an Idaho reservoir for four missing men who may have gone overboard during a prank gone awry.
The men were feared drowned during a boating trip, leaving five young children adrift on the boat in the 87-square-mile American Falls reservoir Sunday evening, authorities said.
The children later told marine patrol deputies that one of the men was standing near the edge of the boat when another one thought it would be funny to push him overboard, Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries said.
“But apparently, he couldn’t swim,’’ Jeffries said. “. . .The second man jumped in, and so then there were two of them in distress in the water, so the third jumped in and there were three in distress.’’ The fourth man then went in holding a life jacket.
He said the children were between 2 and 9. One found a cellphone and called 911.