UHP Helicopter Rescues Stranded Rafter from Frozen Green River


A Montana man was rescued from frozen waters of the Three Canyons area on the Green River, and returned home safely on Thursday.

On Wednesday the Emery County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Ross Miller of Missoula, Montana. Miller said his son Blake Miller was rafting down the Green River, and he was tracking him with a DeLorme inReach GPS Tracker. Miller said Blake had launched his raft on December 16, and was planning to float to Hite Marina at Lake Powell. Blake had been asked to check in with his inReach every morning and night so his father could know his condition and his whereabouts.When Miller called on Wednesday he reported Blake had been checking in at the same location on the Green River since December 19, and although he had been checking in every  morning and night, he would like authorities to check his condition and possibly get him off the river.

On Thursday, Sergeant Mitch Vetere responded to the Three Canyons area and was able to make contact with Blake. Blake advised him that he was ok but, was in an area he was unable to hike out of. Sergeant Vetere then told Blake that a helicopter was coming to get him. Captain Luke Bowman and Trooper Matt Urban were called to assist with the UHP helicopter and they arrived at 3:35p.m. Captain Bowman and Trooper Urban were able to rescue Blake and fly him back to the Green River airport where he was picked up and given a ride back to his truck that was located at the Green River State Park. Blake said that he had adequate supplies to stay on the river until January 10, but did not anticipate the frozen conditions he encountered.

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