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The Latest: Boat collided into bridge in fatal accident

July 30, 2018

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal boating accident in the Yellowstone River (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

Montana authorities say a fatal boating accident on the Yellowstone River was caused by a family’s drift boat colliding into a bridge pylon and capsizing.

Park County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Bichler (BICK’-ler) said Monday that the hydraulics in the river are strong near the U.S. Highway 89 bridge and frequently pull boats toward the pylon.

He says Friday’s collision was a tragic accident and not the fault of the operator.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Anderson, his wife Angie, his son James, his daughter and a family friend were on the boat Friday night when it capsized.

Angie Anderson died at the scene and 15-year-old James Anderson was missing. Searchers now presume that he is dead and are searching for his body.

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9:35 a.m.

Montana authorities say a Yellowstone River rescue effort for a teenager whose family’s boat capsized near Livingston is shifting into a recovery operation.

Gallatin County sheriff’s officials say the river re-opened Sunday night after being closed for two days from Mayor’s Landing in Livingston to Columbus in the search for James Anderson.

Anderson’s mother, Angie Anderson, died in Friday night’s accident. Two other family members, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Anderson and his daughter, were able to make it to shore safely.

Sheriff’s officials say nearly 150 people have participated in the search in the water, along the shore and from the sky. They say fewer people will participate in the search for Anderson’s body, but the search will continue.

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