Man drowns after boat capsizes in the Flathead River

Posted at 12:26 PM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 14:26:00-05

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    KALISPELL (Mark R Thorsell) — A 79-year-old Columbia Falls man is dead after drowning in the Flathead River.

The call came in around 12 p.m. on Tuesday, for a report of a small aluminum boat capsizing just north of the Pressentine Bar Fishing Access Site.

Many units responded to the scene including Flathead County Sheriff’s deputies, Flathead Search and Rescue, Evergreen Fire and Two Bear Air Rescue.

The boat and two individuals were located by Two Bear Air less than a mile north of the access site.

One person was able to make it to shore, while a paramedic was dropped into the water and attempted to revive the other one but those efforts were not successful.

That victim has been identified as Michael Allen. The other person was hypothermic but uninjured and was treated by Columbia Falls Ambulance personnel.

The cause of this accident remains under investigation.

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