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UPDATE: Officials say report of person entering river was false report

Posted at 8:36 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 20:10:16-04

UPDATE: The Missoula Fire Department says that Monday’s call for a river rescue was a non-incident.

Around 8 p.m. dispatch received a call that someone had fallen in the river and needed assistance.

While one person was pulled from the river around 8:30 p.m. it was not the person that was reported missing.

After search and rescue searched the river with the assistance of Life Flight they called off the search when they couldn’t locate the reported person.

Now Missoula Fire is saying that the report of someone entering the river was a false report.

Missoula emergency officials responded to reports of a river rescue near the California Street Footbridge on Monday night.

Missoula City Fire Battalion Chief David Wolter says one man was pulled out of the Clark Fork River and taken to the hospital at around 8:30 p.m.

Initial reports indicated that there might have been a second person in the river.

However, a Life Flight helicopter was unable to locate a second person with an infrared flyover and the search was terminated.

Law enforcement officials tell us the possible second victim could have left the water on their owner without notifying authorities.