Boating assistance

Two boaters were rescued by helicopter from this boat after it became grounded on a rock bar in the Clearwater River Feb. 21.

At approximately 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received a call advising of two individuals that ran aground in the middle of the Clearwater River. Deputies responded to the scene and located the boat grounded on a rock bar near Hidden Village and Blackrock Drive.

Due to weather, location and river conditions the boat was unreachable. Two Bear Air out of Flathead County, MT was requested to assist.

At approximately midnight Two Bear Air arrived on scene and was able to land the helicopter next to the boat in the Clearwater River, where they retrieved the two individuals and flew them to safety at Pink House Campground.

There were no injuries and the boat was recovered Saturday, Feb. 22, by Riverview Marina, of Lewiston.

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