26-year-old woman missing after Bitterroot River boating accident

Search and Rescue teams continue to search for a missing woman after a boating accident on the Bitterroot River Saturday, July 8. A 26-year-old woman has been missing since a kayak she was in overturned in a log jam near the Poker Joe Fishing Access south of Florence.

The accident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. according to Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton. The woman was the only occupant of the kayak. Witnesses reported the woman was not seen after the kayak overturned. The kayak and one life jacket were later recovered.

The woman was wearing a red one piece swimming suit and a life vest. Sheriff Holton advised the public to be aware that Search and Rescue operations are being conducted in the area. People recreating on the river are asked to look for the woman.

Ravalli County Search and Rescue, Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, Florence Volunteer Fire Department, MT Fish Wildlife and Parks wardens, and Life Flight conducted search efforts until nearly 11 p.m. on Saturday. Search efforts resumed again at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Search and Rescue boat teams are in the water with help from RCSO drone operators and helicopters from Choice Aviation. The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office asks people

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