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Midday Update: Boater found, Rains coming

Submitted by Newsroom on June 29, 2011 – 10:55 amNo Comment

Missing boater found

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – A missing boater who fell into the Wind River north of Riverton last night was found downstream. The 48-year-old Riverton man is OK. He walked to a nearby home in the area and notified authorities.

By that time, which was about 8 o’clock, county search and rescue crews had already been searching for him for more than two hours. The information is coming in from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

Det. Sgt. Ryan Lee said the man had taken off canoeing with two other men from Riverton, leaving from Highway 789 near the Wind River Bridge. He fell in the water when the boat tipped while traveling through the Black Bridge area. The other two men, both in their mid 40s, made it immediately safe to shore.

We don’t have their names because that information was withheld by authorities.

The sheriff’s sergeant said the Wind River continues to run high, so boating during this run-off season is discouraged. He said high water levels, coupled with swift currents and floating debris can cause serious injuries, with results that could be fatal.

FLOODING

Rain threat adds to Wyoming runoff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Flood warnings continue in parts of Fremont County, along with the counties of Sheridan, Big Horn, Carbon and Albany. A flood watch is in effect for Uinta.

Along with the Wind River in Fremont County, the rivers of Green, Upper North Platte and Laramie are all running near or above flood stage.

The threat of flooding continues to loom where rivers and streams are running high from melting mountain snowpack because the National Weather Service has forecast heavy thunderstorms for today and tomorrow.

So far, only minor flooding of mostly agricultural land is occurring, but any rain on top of the snowmelt could make the flooding worse.

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