Texas Kayaker Drowns in Flathead Lake

Man vacationing with family members drowns after kayak tips 100 yards from shore

By Beacon staff

A 53-year-old man from Texas drowned in Flathead Lake on Thursday, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to Sheriff Chuck Curry, Musa Rashid of Sugarland, Texas was vacationing with his family members in Bigfork when people in the group, including Rashid, decided to kayak on the lake.

Rashid was initially wearing a life jacket, Curry reported, but took it off at some point. His kayak tipped about 100 yards from shore, but Rashid was unable to make it to shore despite trying.

Citizens responding to the calls for help recovered his body in about 12 feet of water, Curry said. Bigfork Ambulance attempted to revive Rashid on the way to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, but were unable to do so.

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