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Officials seeking information about missing Snake River boaters

According to information released by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), “a fisherman along the Snake River near Wolf Creek Campground reported seeing two boaters that had lost their boats and appeared stranded on the non-highway side of the river. Star Valley Search and Rescue (SVSAR) responded with a jet boat, rafts, shore support and lights conducting a search from 9-11 p.m.

The information went on to say that two kayaks were recovered that had not identifying markings on them. The boaters appeared uninjured and were wearing lifejackets but were not wearing shoes.

The Search & Rescue efforts resumed early Sunday with the assistance of Forest Service personnel and other river patrons who were asked to be on the lookout for stranded boaters.

“To date nobody has been located that is stranded or missing a boat,” stated SVSAR Commander Cory Hepworth. “No cars have been found abandoned in the day use only access points overnight. It is very possible that these gentlemen got picked up by a passing raft or swam across and went home not caring to see the river again.”

The information went on to say that Forest Service rangers and river guides are continuing to watch the banks for clues and people and coordinate their efforts with the SVSAR.

Anyone with information about this incident and/or the persons involved are asked to contact the LCSO at 307-885-5231.

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