photo provided by Gallatin County Sheriff's Office
photo provided by Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

Gallatin County Search & Rescue conducted a water rescue on Monday in the Gallatin River between Axtell Anceny Road and Norris Road. A 54-year-old woman was part of a group that crashed two rafts and a Kayak and was stuck under a cut bank.

Upon rescue, the woman was so hypothermic that she could not give responders specific information about what had happened and how many people were involved.

Two men and a dog who were also in the group that crashed were located safely about an hour later on shore further up the river by Search and Rescue personnel. The woman was transported to Bozeman Health Hospital by ambulance.

In a statement released by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Gootkin reminds residents and visitors that the spring run-off makes local rivers and streams extremely hazardous.  The stretch of the Gallatin from the mouth of Gallatin Canyon to Manhattan is full of debris and hazards and not recommended for recreational boating, especially during spring run off.  People that know the river say that this stretch of river is never worth the risk for boating.  In addition if you lose your boat please contact the Sheriff’s Office (582-2100) as soon as you can.  The boat will be reported by someone and cause Deputies and SAR volunteers to investigate and make sure no one is trapped or in need of rescue.

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