Rafter Missing, Tried to Retrieve Oar from River

By Beacon Staff

Flathead County officials are searching for a 37-year-old man who is missing and presumed drowned in the North Fork of the Flathead River after trying to retrieve an oar that fell out of the raft he was in.

Sheriff Chuck Curry says seven people were rafting between West Glacier and Coram Sunday afternoon when the oar fell overboard. The victim went in to retrieve it, but did not resurface. Curry says others in the raft were able to get ahold of the victim, but could not get him back to the surface because of the strong current.

Curry says Monday’s search will include some large pools and eddies downstream from where the man went into the water.

The victim is a Flathead Valley resident. His name has not been released.

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