Helena teen dies while swimming at Canyon Ferry

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A 17-year-old Helena High School student died Saturday evening while swimming at Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

The boy and other teens were swimming at the Crittenden day use area on the northwest side of the reservoir when the current became too strong for him to get back to shore, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said. The boy was reportedly not a strong swimmer, he said.

The boy and other teens were swimming at the Crittenden day use area on the northwest side of the reservoir when the current became too strong for him to get back to shore, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said.

“It is a very safe place to swim, but the winds are erratic and caused larger waves than normal,” he said.

Emergency responders were dispatched just before 4:20 p.m. and the search for the boy’s body lasted about two hours, Dutton said. The cause and manner of death will be determined during an autopsy,

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