Montana saw some heavy rain last week, which led to significant rapids and flooding. This led kayakers to ride the rapids of the Gallatin River, which unfortunately resulted in life-threatening situations for two individuals. Due to the heavy rapids, one of the kayakers got flipped over and had to eject from their raft. The individuals were able to get to shore, but they were cliffed out, meaning that they couldn’t get to the other side of the river. At 7:10 pm on June 18th, Gallatin County Search & Rescue received a call that they had seen a capsized raft floating down the river. The first responders eventually found the two individuals, one of which was clinging to their friend’s kayak. Another group was found in the river, but they were safe, suffered no injuries, and didn’t need assistance.
Thanks to the assistance of Gallatin County Search & Rescue, the two individuals were able to swim/paddle to the bank side of the river. Search & Rescue “acted as downstream safety, and were waiting to assist with throw bags.“ Luckily, both individuals escaped the incident uninjured, and they even got a courtesy ride back to their vehicle.
For these kayakers to take away precious resources for this trying time in Montana comes off as extremely selfish and stupid. Kayakers should prepare for their journey by doing their research before heading out, and be prepared for unexpected circumstances. If your raft/kayak capsizes in Gallatin County, please call the non-emergency line(406-582-2100) to get assistance. Additionally, if you’re a bystander in a similar situation, reach out to the authorities immediately. If you see something, say something.
Image Credits: Gallatin County Search & Rescue