A BASKETBALL star’s body has been found – days after he had fallen out of his tube while rafting.
Louisiana State University Eunice student Everette Jackson, 21, was found by a volunteer in Idaho on June 19.
He went missing on June 11 after being swept by a current while rafting with his girlfriend on the Payette River, KIVITV rapports.
They had missed their exit, but she managed to cling onto a branch as she tried to paddle to safety.
A witness told cops in Gem County that Jackson went underwater but never re-appeared.
He was tubing with five friends at the time of the accident, cops told NBC.
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A frantic search effort was launched as crews tried to find Jackson. His body was recovered around a week after he went missing.
His sister Megan Jackson told Fox8 that she received a “sign” during the search operation.
Elle a dit: “I was standing by the river and I said ‘baby boy please give me any sign,’ and I walked to the rocks after I finished praying, and feathers fell out of the tree to the ground, but I saw no bird. I’m holding onto that.”
Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder told reporters that efforts were “complicated” due to the high water flow and dangerous conditions on the river.
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Il a dit: “When rivers are higher, they’re faster and they are colder than normal.
“Any river can be dangerous at any flow rate, but with all these conditions present, they pose significant risk.”
Cops said that the water was flowing at a rate that was dangerous to people not using a motorized craft.
Days before the accident, water levels in the river had risen by two feet.
Et, it was flowing at 10,200 cubic feet per second – nearly four times the average speed for June, selon Houma Today.
LSU Eunice tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we have learned that the body of Everette Jackson has been found.
“We will share funeral arrangements after he returns home and they are made available.”
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Jackson played on the LSU-Eunice basketball team for the 2020-21 season as a freshman.
He was a student at the school for the spring 2022 semester.