Man Drowns in North Fork River Near Polebridge

Authorities say man was surfing when he fell into the water and drowned on Monday afternoon

By Justin Franz

A 30-year-old man drowned in the North Fork of the Flathead River Monday evening, according to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, a native of Utah and an employee of the Polebridge Mercantile, was trying to surf in the river when he fell. Authorities have not yet identified the man.

According to a press release, the man had tied a surfboard to a snag in the river just south of the Polebridge Ranger Station. While trying to ride the surfboard, he fell and got tangled in the rope. The man was then dragged under the water and downstream. Witnesses were able to free the man from the rope and started to perform CPR but their attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Glacier National Park, Three Rivers EMS, the Blankenship Fire Department, and ALERT Helicopter all responded to the incident.

This story will be updated with more information when it becomes available.


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