UPDATE 7/23 Yellowstone National Park officials have released the name of the Montana man who died after losing his footing while fishing in the Yellowstone River. Ernest Trim of Ennis, Mont. died July 17.
A 73 year-old man from southwest Montana died Wednesday in Yellowstone National Park after losing his footing while fishing.
According to a media release from Yellowstone National Park, the man was fishing in the Yellowstone River, near the Nez Perce picnic ground in the Mud Volcano area, when witnesses say he lost his footing in chest-deep water while attempting to cross the river. He was carried approximately 200 yards downstream in the swift current.
Another visitor ran downstream and pulled the unconscious man ashore and initiated CPR in an attempt to save his live. Park rangers and medical staff were notified and responded, but they were unable to revive the victim.
The cause of death remains under investigation, and the victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.