Yellowstone – The search continues for a man carried away by high waters in Yellowstone. Park officials say 22-year old Darien Latty of Georgia was floating on an inner tube on the Lamar River, when rushing waters from the merging Yellowstone River carried him away.
The Lamar River Valley is best known for its watchable wildlife. This time of year it is Bison. Anglers also gather here in late summer. But, Monday evening, three men found another purpose for the Lamar River.
Yellowstone Public Affairs manager Al Nash said, “Three young men Monday who decided to take inner tubes and float down the Lamar River.”
Nash said the men were park concessionaire employees. The Lamar River is relatively low and calm now, but it flows into the Yellowstone River, which is still high and fast.
Nash explained, “And as soon as two of them got into the Yellowstone, they decided they were going to get out of the river.”
But Latty did not get out. Nash said he was swept downstream.
He said, “He didn't have an inner tube at that time, and he was not wearing a life jacket.”
Nash said the search for Latty started that evening, but expanded at dawn Tuesday. The Park used dog teams, a helicopter, and trained search and rescue workers. They are searching the river from the Tower junction to Gardiner, miles away.
Nash said, “We have about fifty people involved in the search. They’re all going to be park employees.”
Some searchers watched the river from the bridge here in Gardiner. Others walked the banks in extremely rough backcountry. Nash said they still hope to find Latty alive.
He said, “We are out there searching for him and anticipating he may need medical attention at this point.”
Nash said it is against Park regulations to float any river in Yellowstone. But, at this point, the Park is just focused on finding the missing man.