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Third body recovered from Bighorn Lake after boating accident

Posted at 9:11 AM, Aug 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-18 11:11:36-04

Searchers have recovered and identified the third and final body from a boating accident a week ago in Bighorn Lake. 

The body of Christian Scoville of Billings was recovered late Friday, according to a new release from the National Park Service, though no exact time was given. Scoville was 35 years old.

Divers used an underwater remote-operated vehicle to recover the body, which was then turned over to Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis. 

The lake had closed for the search but will now reopen completely, according to the National Park Service.

The body of 36-year-old Nathan Kelley was recovered Wednesday, and the body of Tammy Scoville was recovered at the scene August 11.

Another man, Robert Ludwich, was found alive at the scene and taken to a Billings hospital.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated.


(AUGUST 12, 2018) The Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an off-duty deputy on Saturday night about a boating accident near Dayboard 7 with a sunken boat and two people in the water.

National Park Service and Big Horn Country Sheriff’s deputies responded.

They found Robert Ludwich of Billings on the shoreline; he was taken by boat to Ok-A-Beh and airlifted by Help Flight helicopter to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

Rangers stayed on the scene through the night, and the search resumed on Sunday morning.

The body of Tammy Scoville of Billings was recovered from the water.

Search and rescue operations continued through the day in search of two missing men.

The search will continue on Monday with additional Park Service and US Coast Guard resources.

Ok-A-Beh Marina and Bighorn Lake remain open, but boaters are asked to use extreme caution and asked to keep wakes to a minimum in the area of the lake between Dayboards 5 and 9, where operations are concentrated.

The majority of the search activities will be centered around Dayboard 7.

There is no word yet on how the incident happened.

We will update you as we get more details.

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