52-year-old Bridger woman dies in Clark's Fork River south of Bridger

2014-07-01T23:24:00Z 2014-07-02T13:43:08Z 52-year-old Bridger woman dies in Clark's Fork River south of BridgerGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
July 01, 2014 11:24 pm  • 

A 52-year-old woman died after falling into the Clark's Fork River at the fishing access site south of Bridger on Tuesday, according to Lt. Josh Mcquillan at the Carbon County Sheriff's Office.

Mcquillan said the sheriff's office received a report of a woman who had possibly fallen into the river at 6:31 p.m. Multiple emergency crews responded and started an extensive search and rescue operation, according to the post.

About 90 minutes later, the woman was found three miles from the access site. She was pronounced dead after she was brought to the shoreline.

Mcquillan said the woman's name would be released Wednesday. He said the family had been notified.

He also said that other people were at the river with the woman, but he couldn't release further details, as it's an active investigation. 

Agencies involved in the recovery include the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Carbon County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Bridger Police, Joliet Police, Bridger Fire, Clark’s Fork Valley EMS, Fromberg Fire, Belfry Fire and several community members. A helicopter with three spotters, several boats and jet skis were used.

The county posted on Facebook that people should use extreme caution on and around the Clark's Fork River because the river is running very high and fast.

Mcquillan urged people to exercise caution as well. 

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