Boating Accident Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Missing

A boat accident on Bighorn Lake left a woman from Billings dead and two others missing on Saturday. Two men were rescued from the boat crash, one of which remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

An off-duty police officer was the first to report the boating accident, informing emergency dispatchers of a sunken vessel not far from Dayboard 7. When first responders arrived at the scene, several miles south of Yellowtail Dam, they found two men in the water. Another man, Robert Ludwich, also of Billings, was discovered on the shore and was flown to St. Vincent Healthcare in a Help Flight helicopter.

The search continues for the additional boat passengers who are still missing. The two missing passengers are described as white males in their thirties.

Authorities do not know, at this time, what exactly caused the boat accident. They were able to salvage a number of pieces of the boat. They are unsure if another boat was involved in the accident.

Bighorn Lake and the Ok-A-Beh Marina remain open as investigators search for the missing passengers. Authorities put out a warning to boaters to exercise extreme caution and to do their best to keep wakes as low as possible between Dayboards 5 and 9 while they continue their search.

Anyone with information about the boat accident should contact public information officer Christy Fleming at 406-666-3302.

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