Search suspended for missing woman in Stillwater River
UPDATE: Monday, 1:30 p.m.
STILLWATER COUNTY — The search for the missing woman was suspended Monday afternoon due to hazardous weather and river conditions, the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
“At this time, a 44-year-old female remains missing and is believed to be in the Yellowstone River,” the press release read. “The area was searched by a jet boat, drone, helicopter and members of the emergency services. The search has been suspended at this time due to hazardous weather and river conditions, but further efforts A search will be conducted as time allows.The Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who discovers anything in the area that may be related to this incident to contact the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Dispatch Office at 406-322 -5326.”
UPDATE: Sunday, 9:30 p.m.
STILLWATER COUNTY – The Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office said four people – three adults and a child – were on board the raft when it rolled over and wrapped around a bridge pier on the Stillwater River. A woman in her 40s is still missing in the river, although search and rescue operations were suspended as night fell and will resume in the morning.
Deputy Randy Smith says the call for the overturned raft came at 1:11 p.m. Sunday and rescuers were able to pull the other two adults and the child to safety from the raft. None of them were injured.
Smith says the woman currently missing in the river was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) at the time of the incident.
Smith says the four people were from the area, but none of their identities have been released at this time.
Several agencies are assisting with the search and boaters and recreationists are urged to stay away from these sections of the rivers.
A rescue operation is underway on the Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers after a raft overturned at Beartooth Drop, says Stillwater County Search and Rescue.
Reports of the raft wrapped around a bridge pillar in the river were first shared on Facebook around 2 p.m. Sunday and Search and Rescue posted details and photos of the raft in the water late Sunday. afternoon.
It is not yet confirmed how many people were in the raft when it rolled over.
According to a Stillwater River guide published by Billings-based boat shop Sunshine Sports, Beartooth Drop is a wide ledge extending nearly the full extent of the Stillwater River below the Swinging Bridge fishing access site. , upstream from the confluence of the Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers. .
The river guide indicates that at flow levels above 4000 cfs, this section is capable of overturning rafts. Just downstream from Beartooth Drop is a bridge jetty. The Stillwater river guide says that during high flows many rafts were knocked over and wrapped around here.
Current stream flow data from the US Geological Survey shows the Stillwater River was flowing between 4,000 cfs and 5,000 cfs on Sunday, up sharply from previous days when river levels were lower. at 3,500 cfs.