Post Falls is mourning the loss of a popular businessman after Gary "Scott" Shawver lost his life on Lake Coeur d'Alene Saturday afternoon.
Shawver jumped into the lake to retrieve another person's hat that had blown off in a passing storm but wasn't able to get back to the boat.
The lake is about 160 feet deep where Shawver was last seen struggling in the waves. It's too deep off of Stevens Point for divers but not a side-scanning sonar that scans the bottom. Searchers will cruise a well marked out grid path until they are able to find him.
Lake Coeur d'Alene was placid Monday but Saturday, when a powerful storm plowed through, it looked more like the open sea.
"All of a sudden, a wave of wind just came down the lake and stared driving the water," Logan Hendricks said.
From his cabin, perched above Stevens Point, Hendricks watched the drama unfold.
"I saw two gentlemen in the water try to, I'm not quite sure what they were trying to do, and now that I've heard the story, that's what they were trying to do is help the individual," Hendricks said.