Posted: Jul 3, 2013 2:04 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Jul 3, 2013 2:05 PM
The search for a missing 17-year old boy in the Missouri River continued on Wednesday south of Great Falls.
Cascade County search and rescue crews were dispatched on Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m.
They responded after receiving a report that the teen had gone under the water near the Big Bend fishing access area about 12 miles south of Great Falls.
A search team member tells us that the area of the river they are dragging is very difficult.
Family members have gathered near the staging area of the search operation.
The Cascade County Sheriff's Office released the following information:
At 5:32 P.M. 7-02-2013 our office was notified of a river emergency. A 17 year old male swimmer was last seen approximately 75 yards from shore at the Big Bend Fishing access 633 Wilson Butte Road.
His friend noticed he was having problems and tried to help him but was unsuccessful and the male juvenile swimmer went under.
Emergency responders were notified and Cascade County Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated and responded. A recovery attempt was made involving the Sheriff's Office boat and the SAR boat from 1830 hours to 2200 hours with no resolution.
SAR operations assisted by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks personnel resumed at 0700 hours on 07-03-2013 with Cascade County Sheriff's Sgt. Wojciechowski in command and recovery efforts continue as of this release.