1 person dead in Smith River incident

Posted at 4:45 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 18:45:21-04

Search crews have recovered a body from the river; the cause of death has not yet been determined.

The name of the person who died has not yet been released.

Eden Bridge is the only take-out point following a nearly 60-mile stretch of the Smith River that flows through a remote canyon.

That section of the the river is only open to permitted floaters and guides; permits are awarded annually via a lottery drawing conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

We will update you as we get more information.

(1st Report, 2:15 p.m.) Emergency officials are responding to a report of two floaters who may have capsized in the Smith River.

Crews were called out around 1 p.m. to an area near the Eden Bridge south of Great Falls and southeast of Ulm.

We have a reporter at the scene and will update you when we get more information.