Rescue divers recover body from Lake Elmo

2013-07-13T15:26:00Z 2013-07-15T12:52:03Z Rescue divers recover body from Lake ElmoGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
July 13, 2013 3:26 pm  • 

Rescue divers recovered the body of a man from Lake Elmo at about 3 p.m., according to the Billings Police Department. 

The victim's name was not released because his family was still being notified, a news release said.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Billings Police, Billings Fire Department, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and American Medical Response responded to a report of a possible drowning at Lake Elmo State Park.

Witnesses reported that a white male in his mid 50’s was paddling a small raft when it capsized. Witnesses attempted to assist the victim but were unable to locate him, according to the release.

Divers with U.S. Water Rescue responded to the scene and searched the area where the victim was last seen, eventually recovering his body.

The park was closed at 3:30 p.m. and will probably remain closed until Saturday evening, said Bob Gibson, the communication and education manager for FWP. 

At about 3:30 p.m., a number of officials were still at the lake. Several of them were inspecting a small inflatable raft and a small, blue passenger car parked near the waterfront.

The official cause of death had not been determined, Gibson said at about 4 p.m., but it was presumed that the victim drowned.

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