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Paddle Boarders Safe After Windstorm

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KALISPELL -  Flathead's Search and Rescue teams responded to two incidents during Monday's  windstorm on Flathead Lake and the Middle Fork.

Two paddle boarders are counting their blessings after being unharmed during a wind storm.
Sheriff Chuck Curry said several reports came flooding in after residents noticed a couple of paddlers out on the lake.

"Winds picked up and there was a snow storm. The people on the shore felt that the people on the water were imperiled and felt they couldn't get back to shore,"  Curry said.

Shortly after receiving the call the Flathead Sheriffs Department along with several other search and rescue teams immediately responded to the scene.

"We did deploy some air assets as well as the alert helicopter. An ambulance did come down and search for us," Curry said.

The paddle boarders were found across the lake unharmed hours later. The same day, four rafters were rescued from the Middle Fork of the Flathead River after winds overturned their boat.

"Fortunately we were conducting a swift water rescue class not far down stream from where this occurred so our rescuers, and our students from the class saw people and objects floating by. (They) we're able to get all of the individuals involved out the water successfully,"  Curry said.

As the summer months draw near Curry said he encourages the public to check weather conditions before hitting the waters.

"If you're out recreating on the water this time of year it's great to be more cautious, just do some research and make sure you're prepared for the conditions should things go wrong,"  Curry said.

A.L.E.R.T Rescue teams transported one individual to a local hospital who was reported to be displaying signs of hypothermia. The other individuals are safe with no injuries.

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