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2 rescued from log jam in Yellowstone River in Miles City

Posted at 3:33 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 17:33:51-04

MILES CITY – Rescuers used a chainsaw to cut free two people trapped in a boat on the Yellowstone River in Miles City Sunday morning, firefighters said in a news release Monday.

Miles City Fire Rescue was dispatched 7:53 a.m. under the Fort Keogh Bridge that a boat had lost power and floated into a log jam, according to a release from Chief Branden Stevens.

Firefighters used a private boat to bring a water rescue technician to the two people, and a rescue team was set up on the bridge, according to Stevens.

Once freed, the boat was able to drive to shore under its own power. The two people rescued were in good condition and not transported by ambulance, Stevens said.

Miles City Fire responded with one engine, two ambulances, one rescue unit, two command vehicles and 13 firefighters.

The Custer County Fire Department also responded with one person and a command vehicle.

Miles City Fire is cautioning the public that rivers remain dangerous, even though water levels have fallen.