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Search Crews Use All Resources As They Try To Recover Kayaker

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Thursday was day five of the search for a Polson doctor who disappeared while kayaking on Flathead Lake. Lake County Sheriff's boats and Search and Rescue have been searching for the body of 43-year-old Robert McDonald since Saturday.

“We go wherever they call for help," said Lake County Marine Enforcement Coordinator, Patrol Sergeant Glenn Miller.

On a normal day Miller patrols the lake around Polson, making sure all boaters are following the law.

"We do patrols, boat safety, and we're looking for BUI's and things like that," Miller said.

For the last five days he and a team of others have been taking part in what's now being called a recovery; the search for the body of Polson doctor, Robert McDonald.

“We kind of all pull together when something like this happens. Everybody is helping in trying to recover this person,” McDonald said.

In this type of situation Lake County Sheriff's boats will assist search and rescue crews, which is a separate entity to the sheriff's office.

"Search and rescue call us out when they have something on water, so basically they get notified, search and rescue sends their boats out and we have multiple boats we can send out," Miller said.

After a kayak matching the description of McDonald's boat was found earlier this week and they found out where he departed from, crews narrowed their search.

“In early stages of the search we try to find out where the person was last observed,” Miller said.

Thursday crews used dogs to pick an area of the lake to monitor using a sonar and GPS systems.

Search crews said while they are busy all year long, they get about one big recovery on the lake per year.

"Recoveries tend to draw out especially when their on the water," said one member of Lake County Search and Rescue

While the search is now a recovery and not a rescue, they know the effort is necessary.

"We try to put as much resources into this, because we want to get recovery so family can get closure they need," Miller said.

There is still no sign of McDonald. Crews said they will be out all day Friday, continuing the search.

 

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