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Woman Missing After Boat Capsized in Smith River

By admin - Posted on 17 May 2011

At approximately 2pm Monday May 16th, a boat carrying a 62 year old male and 68 year old female from Washington State capsized on the Smith River. The male was able to catch himself on a rock and then swim to shore, but the female who was wearing a life jacket, is still missing. The couple are husband and wife. The incident happened approximately 7 miles north of Camp Baker on the Smith River, in Meagher County.
Witnesses 400 yards downstream heard a scream and saw the boat capsized against a rock. They then found a place to park their boat and walked back upstream for two hours and found the male clinging to the rock and the capsized boat lodged against rocks in midstream. The male told the witnesses to leave him and go search for his wife, they then hiked for 4 hours to get to the nearest residence with communications where they called Cascade County to report the incident.
The male was able to make it from the rock to shore and then built a fire to keep warm. Another group of floaters picked him up and took him to a residence further down the river.
Cascade County notified the Meagher County Sheriff’s Office just before 8pm of the incident.
Members of the Meagher County Sheriff’s Office, Meagher County Search & Rescue, a helicopter from the Galt ranch, Fish Wildlife and Parks and Smith River access landowners began a preliminary search by ground and air. Malmstrom Air Force Base was contacted and responded with a helicopter equipped to assist with the night search.
Presently Members of the Meagher County Sheriff’s Office, Meagher County Search and Rescue, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, the Galt ranch helicopter and Smith River access land owners continue with the river, air and ground searches.
The Smith River has not been closed to floaters.



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