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Boaters rescued at Hebgen Lake

Boat stuck while wakeboarding
Posted at 3:36 PM, Jun 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-06 17:37:31-04

ENNIS — A group of boaters who had suddenly encountered a shallow area while wakeboarding at Hebgen Lake were rescued after calling 911 Saturday afternoon. The boat had become stuck in the heavy mud, stopping so suddenly that the passengers were thrown forward in the boat. Fortunately, no one sustained injuries, however, their boat had become hopelessly stuck. They were able to wade to shore and request assistance from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

A Gallatin County Sheriff Deputy and a volunteer from the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded to the scene with a Sheriff’s Patrol Boat. They were able to free the boat and move it into deeper water. There was no damage to the boat.

Sheriff Springer would like to remind boaters recreating in the greater Yellowstone area to be cognizant of the present water levels and to familiarize themselves with the many hazardously shallow areas of the local waterways. Striking such hazards at high speed could result in equipment damage or injury.