A man wearing a life jacket drowns in the cold and quickly runs Montana Creek
A 72-year-old man was pronounced dead after drowning in a cold, fast-moving Rock Creek on Thursday.
KGVO News spoke to Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson, who provided details about the fatal incident.
“It was about 1:47 a.m. yesterday (Thursday) afternoon when the 9-1-1 dispatch received a call here that there was an overturned raft on Rock Creek,” Sheriff Dunkerson said. “It occurred west of Phillipsburg near the Hogback and apparently the raft capsized. There was a 72 -year -old gentleman with a life jacket that was thrown from the raft. »
Dunkerson said at this time of year such accidents can happen when Rock Creek is running fast and cold.
“Je crois comprendre qu’il a rencontré un embouteillage”, a-t-il déclaré. “Despite the efforts of passers -by, he was declared dead on the scene, after the resuscitation efforts of passers -by. Rock Creek is quite high at the moment. It is dangerous if you do not know the stream well and it is easy to getting stuck in a traffic jam, and when people do, we’ve had drownings for the past few years.
KGVO also contacted Vivaca Crowser with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks who provided important safety information for those considering recreating on the water.
“Some things you have to watch out for are all that hidden debris that can come up unexpectedly,” Crowser said. “You do not know that it is there because it is below the surface of the water and that it can catch a raft or a drifting boat and overturn you. The conditions become quite serious at that time because you fight the currents and cold water temperatures and try to get out of the water as soon as possible.
Crowser said careful planning is vital for a successful float or fishing trip.
“It’s really, really important to pause and think about where you’re going; If you have to go and if the conditions are even acceptable for your experience level and those going with you. Think carefully if you decide to go out at this time of year when the temperatures are so cold on the water and the water itself is so high, then you really want to be on the safe side and go ahead. Take it slowly. Of course, always wear a life jacket.
As Sheriff Dunkerson noted, the drowning victim on Thursday was wearing a life jacket.
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