Posted: Jul 14, 2013 8:23 PM by MTN News
COLUMBUS - The Stillwater County Sheriff's Office has released new information, including one identification, regarding two drowning deaths from separate incidents that happened just minutes apart on the Stillwater River Friday afternoon.
Stillwater County Sheriff Cliff Brophy says Stephen Harrison, 41, of Billings died after he fell into the water while rafting and fishing with friends 5 to 7 miles south of Columbus shortly before 3 p.m. on the Stillwater River Friday.
Thirty minutes previous to Harrison's incident, a 1 ½ year-old Billings girl drowned in the Stillwater River 2 miles South of Columbus when she fell into a channel and was swept away.
Brophy said that the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office will not be releasing the identity of the girl, but that the victim's family had recently moved to Billings from New Mexico.
Medical examinations revealed the cause of death in both incidents to be accidental drowning.
Brophy said he would like to remind the public that all rivers pose dangers and that people should always wear a personal flotation device and learn to navigate waterways safely.