Crews ‘Frustrated’ in Search for Missing Boy on Yellowstone River
Searchers continue looking for James Anderson today. Twenty-five volunteers, several deputies from Park and Gallatin counties, one dog, a helicopter, and a drone searched the river from several miles east of Springdale to the Highway 89 Bridge without finding him on Tuesday.
According to Brad Bichler of the Park County Sheriff's Office, "everyone involved feels frustrated that we haven’t been able to find James. River searches are complex and always take large amounts of manpower and resources. They can last for weeks but every time we hope this one will be different and we will find the person sooner. Our hearts go out to James’s family and we are working hard to provide them and the community with closure as soon as possible."
The search for a missing boater on the Yellowstone River has now turned into a recovery.
Since Friday evening, nearly 150 people have participated in the search for James Anderson. Over the weekend there were thirteen boat teams, twenty ground crew, eight dogs, three divers, a helicopter and a drone searching the river from Mayor’s Landing to Columbus.
As the search shifts into recovery, crews will be reducing the size of the teams but the search will continue.
The sheriff's office says that the river has now reopened. They also say that they appreciate everyone who has respected the closure on this summer weekend.
More updates will be made as additional information becomes available
According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, a woman is dead and a boy is still missing after a drift boat capsized on the Yellowstone River, near Livingston, on Friday.
The woman has been identified as the wife of Gallatin County Sheriff's Office Captain Jim Anderson. The couple's son is still missing as search and rescue crews are on the scene looking for him.
There are currently six ground crews with two dogs combing the shores, a dive team and seven boats with four dogs searching the river, and two helicopters and drones searching from the air. Two Bear Air, Gallatin County 911, Gallatin County Emergency Services, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and Salvation Army are also assisting with the effort.
The following statement was released by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jim Anderson was involved in the boat accident that occurred on the Yellowstone River yesterday in Park County. Jim’s wife Angie passed away on the scene. Jim and his daughter were able to make it to shore safely, but their son James is still missing. Jim and his family want to thank all of the emergency responders and Search & Rescue volunteers for their efforts in attempting to find James. Sheriff Gootkin stated, “Family is everything, it’s why we do what we do and it’s also why it hurts that much more when it’s our family. We hurt for Jim and his family. They have a long, difficult road ahead but they are not alone. We will help and support them no matter what they need or how long it takes.” A special thanks to Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton, his Office, and everyone involved in the search for James. We ask that the public not respond to the scene to assist. We have all the help we need at this time.