Midnight river rescue on the Yellowstone
Search and Rescue crews were called into action last week when an aluminum boat got stuck on a rock bar just east of Columbus on the Yellowstone River.
A woman called the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 11:48 p.m. last Tuesday, May 12, reporting that a friend was stranded on an island. Search and Rescue (SAR), deputies and Columbus Fire Rescue responded as the two occupants in the boat were wearing shorts and had been stranded for approximately five hours, according to dispatch records.
A rescue raft was launched at 2:41 a.m. and by 3:38 a.m., the occupants in the stranded boat had been rescued and were back on shore. Medical attention was refused and the rescued parties were taken to their vehicle.
Stillwater County Undersheriff Chip Kem said a motor boat could not be used due to the amount of debris in the water and the fact that it was night.