Man Dies in Montana Kayaking Accident

His kayak became submerged under a downed tree on Rock Creek

By Associated Press

BILLINGS – A man died after his kayak became submerged under a downed tree on Rock Creek in south-central Montana.

Red Lodge Fire Chief Tom Kuntz tells KULR-TV the accident was reported at 2 p.m. Sunday south of Red Lodge.

Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan tells The Billings Gazette the man was an experienced kayaker and was with another person who had successfully navigated around the tree.

The second kayaker and a third who planned to meet them farther downstream were able to free the victim, who was unresponsive. McQuillan says they were unable to hold onto him and he was washed downstream.

The man’s body was recovered from the fast-moving water later Sunday. It’s believed he drowned. The victim’s name was being withheld until family members could be notified.

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