An Idaho man is lucky to be alive after his canoe capsized in the chilly waters of the Snake River during a weekend duck hunting trip, doctors said.
After spending more than 20 minutes in the water, Michael Jones of Pocatello survived hypothermia with the help of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services warden, emergency medical responders, and doctors at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
“I want to thank every one of them,” Michael Jones, 42, said from his hospital bed Wednesday. “If it weren’t for any of them, I wouldn’t be here today.”
The rescue effort began after Jones and Norman Davis went out Saturday to retrieve a duck. The canoe hit a wave and capsized.
“I remember the canoe dunking over, hanging onto the canoe for about 20 or 30 minutes, and that was it,” Jones said.
Strong winds prevented the men from returning to shore.