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Search crews looking for a man reported missing in the Flathead River

Search crews looking for a man in the Flathead River
Posted at 9:37 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 23:37:57-04

Flathead County Search and Rescue personnel are searching for a missing man after his raft flipped Tuesday afternoon on the Flathead River near Columbia Falls.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino told MTN News that four people were on the raft when it flipped, including two children.

Heino said it happened at around 3:30 p.m. after the raft hit a large rock in the river.

A woman and two children were able to safely rejoin the raft, but the man is still missing.

Heino said search crews are asking Flathead Valley residents to avoid recreating in the river near Columbia Falls as the search continues into the night.

“If they can avoid using the areas from House of Mystery Boat Launch down to Pressentine Bar at this point, we have several boats in the water of course, and we do also have an aircraft in the area,” said Sheriff Heino.

Heino said North Valley Search and Rescue, Flathead County Sheriff’s Department, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks are assisting in the search.

We will update you when we get more information.