The Latest: Drowning victim found in southeast Montana river
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a man who drowned in the Tongue River in southeastern Montana (all times local):
Searchers have found the body of a man who went missing while swimming in the Tongue River in southeastern Montana.
The Billings Gazette reports 43-year-old Jason Blankenship, of Otter, was found dead Friday in a large pool of water near where he was last seen. He had been swimming in the river south of Birney with family on Wednesday when he went underwater and didn’t resurface.
Searchers used a sonar device to find the body in the murky water.
Investigators say the drowning appears to be related to Blankenship’s swimming ability and not entanglement with debris.
Officials continue to search the Tongue River in southeastern Montana for a reported drowning victim.
Rosebud County Sheriff Allen Fulton tells The Billings Gazette the man, who was in his early 40s, was swimming with family Wednesday afternoon near Birney when “he didn’t come back up.” Allen says the man is from the area, but he did not release his name.
Fulton says 20 people with boats and an airplane, along with a diver, searched on Thursday. He says they’ve requested a search dog to help the recovery efforts on Friday.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com