Printed on: July 19, 2013

Man dies while fishing in Yellowstone River

By RUTH BROWN
rbrown@postregister.com

A 73-year-old southwest Montana man drowned at Yellowstone National Park after losing his footing while fishing.

Witnesses said the man was fishing in the Yellowstone River near the Nez Perce picnic ground between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge on Wednesday when he lost his footing in chest-deep water as he tried to cross the river, according to a National Park Service news release.

He was carried approximately 200 yards downstream by the swift current.

Another visitor ran downstream and pulled the unconscious man ashore and started CPR. Park rangers and medical staff were notified and responded but were unable to revive him, the news release said.

The victim's name was withheld Thursday pending notification of family members. The cause of death remains under investigation.