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Bozeman man dies in kayaking mishap

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 13:13:37-04

BOZEMAN – The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office said a 72-year-old Bozeman man died on the Jefferson River on Sunday.

According to a press release issued Monday, at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday deputies, search and rescue, and other agencies responded to a report of an unresponsive man in the Jefferson River.

The man’s kayak had flipped at the diversion dam, just south of the Sappington Bridge.

Rescuers found Bruce Vanlandingham of Bozeman on an island between Sappington Junction and Williams Bridge. CPR was in progress when responders arrived and continued until the man was pronounced deceased at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

The official cause of death is being investigated by the Office of the Sheriff/Coroner.

“Two people were out on calm water doing everything right and tragedy still struck,” Sheriff Brian Gootkin said.