Everette Roman Jackson, a 21-year-old sophomore forward at Louisiana State University Eunice, was pulled Sunday from the Payette River after falling into the water while rafting with his girlfriend on June 11, the Idaho Statesman reported.
A witness reported seeing the Louisiana native fall out of a tube and not resurface near the Gem County Island Sports Complex in Emmett. A volunteer found Jackson’s body about two miles downstream from where he was last seen. A relative positively identified his body, the newspaper reported.
LSU Eunice confirmed Jackson’s death in a tweet posted late Sunday.
“It is with great sadness that we have learned that the body of Everette Jackson has been found,” college officials said. “We will share funeral arrangement after he returns home and they are made available.”Jackson’s relatives previously said on social media that he and his girlfriend tried to paddle back to a dock after missing their designated exit on the river, WBRZ reported.
Jackson’s girlfriend managed to cling onto a branch, but the 6-foot-7 basketball player was pulled away in the rough current, according to the station.