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Woman goes sleep swimming

Jill Treacy

Woman survives sleep swimming in the Snake River.

Woman with history of sleepwalking survives sleep swimming incident.


A south-central Idaho woman was found sleeping on the banks of the Snake River after an early morning sleep swimming excursion. Deputies found the woman, who has a history of sleepwalking, wet and disoriented a quarter mile downstream from her house on the river bank. She was treated for hypothermia.

The 31-year-old wife and mother left her house barefoot and wearing only pajamas as she went sleep swimming in the river. Her husband called the sheriff around 2:30 a.m. to report his wife missing after he noticed she wasn’t in the house. This is the third time in the past five weeks that the woman has entered into the night while asleep, and at least one of those excursions involved her sleep swimming in the Snake River.

There is cause for concern as temperatures will be dropping soon, and if the woman continues to sleep swim, she will run the risk of severe hypothermia. The county judge has asked the woman have a mental health evaluation in order to prevent future sleep swimming situations.

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