Nicholas Patrick Miller, 74, of Hailey, remains at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise following a near drowning on the Big Wood River on June 30.

Miller was saved by his river rafting partner Ed Northen before first responders arrived to help extract him from the water and transport him by air ambulance to the hospital.

According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, emergency responders from the Ketchum and Sun Valley fire departments were dispatched around 12:30 p.m. on June 30 to a report of a rafter stuck on a log near a bridge south of Ketchum.

Deputies arrived to find an inflatable raft partially submerged and jammed against a log in the middle of the river. According to Northen's wife, Carmen, the fact that Miller is still alive is a miracle.

She and her husband went to visit Miller in Boise on Sunday. She reported that he’s in good spirits and recovering nicely.

Northen was guiding a river rafting trip for attendees of the Allen & Co. conference and could not be reached for comment by deadline

Thursday. Carmen said she has received comments from first responders that Miller was fortunate to have had Northen by his side.

According to Carmen, Northen has 34 years of paramedic experience and managed to keep Miller calm and keep his head above the river rapids while someone on shore called 911.

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