Classmates Remember Fellow Students Who Drowned Near Priest Lake - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Classmates Remember Fellow Students Who Drowned Near Priest Lake

NINE MILE FALLS, Wash. – Two teenagers are being remembered as heroes after authorities presume they drowned trying to rescue a friend this weekend.

Authorities are confirming the identities of two bodies recovered Saturday morning.  The Sheriff's Office believes they are teenagers reported missing after a water accident near Lion Head Campground.

The Bonner County Sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call Saturday at 1 a.m.  A group of campers near Priest Lake reported two teens jumped into Lion Head Creek.  The two were reportedly trying to rescue a friend who slipped on a log trying to cross the creek.

Fast moving current carried the two teens downstream, according to the Bonner County Sheriff's Office.  Search and rescue teams located two bodies in the water at 5 a.m.

Autopsies are being performed to confirm their identities, but authorities presume they are the two teens.

News of the drowning spread through the Nine Mile area over the weekend.  Some students made special bracelets to remember the two young men.

Grief counselors were made available to students.  The superintendent said they will be available as long as they are needed.  He pledged to do everything he can to help the community.    

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