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Gallatin County officials respond to overdue paddle boarders

On June 30, 2022, at 9:00 p.m., Gallatin County dispatch received a call for two paddle boarders that were overdue from the Madison River near Greycliff Fishing Access.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers from the Valley Section responded to the lower Madison River and deployed a water search team. The Drone Team was utilized to canvas the river, while deputies, searched the banks and roads along the river.  Montana Highway Patrol troopers and Fish Wildlife and Parks officers also assisted in the search.

Ultimately, the paddle boarders made their way off the river and toward Madison Road, where a passing motorist picked them up. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue members met the paddle boarders and determined no medical assistance was required.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind recreationalists that even a nice afternoon float may not go as planned so take plenty of water, sun screen, and check in and out with someone when going on the river.  Lastly, please take a means of communication as it can resolve an undesirable situation quickly.

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