Man drowns in Rock Creek Thursday

A man drowned in a rafting accident on Rock Creek, west of Philipsburg, on Thursday afternoon.

Granite County 911 got a call around 1:47 p.m. that a raft had capsized near the Hog Back on Rock Creek, according to Sheriff Scott Dunkerson.

A 72-year-old man from Minnesota was thrown from the raft into the water. He was wearing a life jacket, Dunkerson said. He drowned at the scene despite bystanders’ resuscitative efforts to revive him.

An investigation into the death is ongoing, Dunkerson said. The name of the deceased hasn’t been released yet.

Water levels in Rock Creek are running about 1,800 cubic feet per second on Friday, roughly 500 cfs above the median flow for this time of year. Dunkerson advised anyone floating or rafting to use life jackets and extreme caution.

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