Amarillo Man Drowns in Montana Lake

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WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — A Texas fisherman drowned in Hebgen Lake, northwest of Yellowstone National Park, apparently while trying to bring his raft to shore in a thunderstorm, a coroner said Wednesday.

Robert Reed, 70, of Amarillo, Texas, died of accidental drowning, Deputy Gallatin County Coroner Ken Davis said. Reed had been visiting family in West Yellowstone.

Reed was reported missing Saturday night.

Search teams from Madison and Gallatin counties found his vehicle, raft and dog shortly after the search began, but the body wasn't found until Sunday morning when a helicopter was called to assist in the search, Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell said.

Reed was fishing when the drowning occurred, Gallatin County Coroner Duncan MacNab said. Reed had apparently fallen into the lake, possibly because of winds and big waves. He was found in 8 feet of water.