On Thursday May 9th around 9AM a homeowner on Gallatin River reported a capsized raft on an island. She did not see any occupants. Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to the scene. En route it was determined that the owner had called 911 dispatch’s non-emergent number, but left a message with the civil office.
Given the high flowing water, it was decided that utilizing specially trained members of the SAR Swift Water Team to retrieve the boat was the safest option. Two kayakers crossed the river to the island where the raft was pinned. They dislodged it, and a third kayaker steered it to shore.
The owner of the boat did the right thing by trying to report his boat lost. However, he did not select the right option when calling the non emergency line. Sheriff Gootkin asks that if you lose your water craft in the river to please call 582-2100, and select option 2: make a report or speak with a deputy.