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Two people dead in Hauser Reservoir boating accident

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Undersheriff Brent Colbert
Devil's Elbow Recreation Area
Posted at 12:17 PM, Apr 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 16:42:19-04

HELENA — The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office says two men died in a boating accident on Hauser Reservoir.

According to Undersheriff Brent Colbert, emergency crews responded to a report of a motorboat crash along the shore near Devil's Elbow Recreation Area northeast of Helena just after midnight on Monday.

When investigators arrived they found one man deceased. The second man's body was recovered at around 9:00 a.m.

The deceased have been identified as Michael Rice, 42 years old, and Craig Nelson, 51. Both men were from Helena.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will investigate the crash with assistance from the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office.

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