Body recovered from river near Great Falls after boat capsized

Posted at 4:31 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 18:31:54-04

Search crews have recovered a body from the Smith River east of Great Falls Monday afternoon. 

The cause of death has not yet been determined, and the name of the deceased has not been released.

Emergency officials had been called around 1 p.m. to a report of two floaters who capsized in the river.

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards released the following information at 5:20 p.m.

The initial investigation is showing that 3 males (identities unknown at this point) were on the Smith River with 2 boats.  It is reported that the 2-man boat rounded a corner on the river and struck a large rock which caused the boat to capsize.  One male was able to make it to shore and is in good condition. Unfortunately, the other occupant of the boat was not able to make it out of the river and has died.   

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, and Ulm Fire were able to recover the victim. The Smith River was running high and fast at the time of the incident. Responding Agencies Include: Sheriff’s Office, Ulm Fire, Ulm QRU, Fish and Game Officers, Cascade County Search and Rescue, and Mercy Flight.

Eden Bridge is the only take-out point following a nearly 60-mile stretch of the Smith River that flows through a remote canyon.

That section of the the river is only open to permitted floaters and guides. Permits are awarded annually via a lottery drawing conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

This is a developing story.