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Student death over Memorial Day weekend

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BYU-Idaho student Sjon Johnson passed away following a canoeing accident Monday, May 25.

The Texas native drowned after being submerged for approximately 10 minutes after his canoe overturned on the Henry’s Fork of Snake River, according to The Standard Journal.

The 24-year-old was on a Memorial Day canoeing trip with family, including his wife and a 9-year-old cousin, when his canoe capsized.

Joel Galbraith, Johnson’s uncle and an online teacher at BYU-I, was also on the canoeing trip and witnessed the accident from his own canoe, according to East Idaho News.

Johnson, his wife and his cousin were dislodged from their canoe when the boat hit a partially submerged log, according to East Idaho News.

Johnson’s wife was washed down the river and reached shore while Johnson and his cousin struggled to escape the debris.

The cousin reportedly told family members that Johnson had helped his wife escape the debris. She was then washed down the river, where she was rescued by family members while Johnson remained trapped on the logjam.

After capsizing their own canoe in an attempted rescue, Galbraith and his wife were able to reach the logjam where Johnson was seemingly caught.

They administered CPR, but were unsuccessful, according to East Idaho News.

After emergency personnel arrived, Johnson was given CPR for a second time, and regained a pulse after 45 minutes, according to the Standard Journal.

Johnson was taken to the Madison Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30 at the LDS Stake Center on 289 West Seventh South in Rexburg. The viewing will be held 1-2:15 p.m., and the funeral will proceed at 2:30 p.m.

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