Posted: Jun 26, 2013 11:26 AM by KBZK
Updated: Jun 26, 2013 2:30 PM
BOZEMAN - A canoeist who was trapped between her canoe and a bridge pillar on the Jefferson River for 4 ½ hours on Tuesday has been released from the hospital.
Kelly Keller of Whitehall was canoeing on the river with friends when their canoe wrapped itself around a pillar on the Iron Rod Bridge, entrapping Keller, according to Madison County officials. The other two people in the canoe were able to get out of the canoe and get Keller into a position where she could breathe.
Keller was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Tuesday after crews worked to rescue her from the river. She was reportedly suffering from hypothermia but was in apparent good condition when she was taken to the hospital. She was treated and released, a hospital representative said Wednesday morning.
Emergency crews responded to the swift water rescue about 16 miles south of Whitehall in Madison County. Agencies that responded included Madison County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue, Gallatin County Dive/River Rescue Team, Beaverhead Swift Water Rescue, incident IC Chris Mumme of Madison County DES, Madison County 911, Summit Air Ambulance and Ruby Valley Ambulance.