Man killed in boating accident on Spokane River - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man killed in boating accident on Spokane River

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Around 2 p.m. Saturday, Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputies, officers from the Coeur d' Alene Police Department and personnel from Kootenai County Fire & Rescue responded to the Spokane River in the area of Mill River regarding an injury boat accident involving a 18 foot Blue Water motorboat and a 15 foot Larson motorboat.

Authorities say 26-year-old Daniel J. Zimmerman of Post Falls and his friend 30-year-old Jack A. Miller Jr. of Stite Idaho were stationary in their Blue Water motorboat fishing on the south side of the Spokane River near Mill River.

The operator of the Larson motorboat, 45-year-old John F. Klinefelter of Coeur d' Alene and his friend 39-year-old Jason C. Fisk of Post Falls were traveling up the Spokane River heading towards Coeur d' Alene when the motorboat they were in suddenly veered hard to the right, resulting in a collision with the Blue Water and Mr. Miller, who was ejected from the boat. After the initial collision, the Larson motorboat ran into the South shore. None of the occupants of either boat were wearing life jackets.

This collision resulted in the death of Jack Miller who was transported to the Kootenai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

There were no other injuries as a result if this incident.

Responding Deputies say Mr. Klinefelter had been operating his vessel under the influence of an alcoholic. Klinefelter submitted to a breath test resulting in a blood alchohol level of .12. The legal limit is .08 in Idaho. Klinefelter was taken to the Kootenai County Public Safety Building where he was booked on a felony charge of Aggravated OUI (operating under the influence).

Both vessels were removed off the water and taken the Sheriff's Department for further inspection.

This is the fourth boating related fatality in Kootenai County this season and the Sheriff's Department says they would like to remind recreational enthusiasts to be mindful of water safety issues.

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