The Idaho Statesman

Article published Jul 23, 2004


Boisean dies while rock climbing

A 27-year-old Boise woman died Thursday evening in a freak rock-climbing accident near Diversion Dam.

The woman's name was not released Thursday pending notification of relatives who are out of town. The woman was climbing with her husband and their 7-year-old daughter when a rock struck her on the head and she fell, Ada County Undersheriff Gary Raney said.

Deputies and emergency crews were called to the popular Black Cliffs area across Idaho 21 from Diversion Dam at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Raney said.

The man was climbing above his wife and was pulling himself up when a rock came loose and struck her, Raney said. It was unclear Thursday night whether she was killed by the rock or the fall, he said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, Raney said. The couple were experienced climbers and appeared to have all of the proper safety equipment, he said.

Sheriff's victim-witness coordinators went to the scene to help the man and his daughter cope with the tragic accident.



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