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Search continues for Nebraska man missing in Flathead River

MISSOULA, Mont. - A search continues for a 23-year-old Nebraska man who is missing after falling into the Flathead River in northwest Montana.

Officials say the man fell into the water after climbing into a closed section of cliffs beyond the railing at the dam overlook.

Authorities tell us the area is posted with several warning signs about swift currents and steep, dangerous slopes.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says Two Bear Air sent its helicopter to the search.  Dam operators tried to reduce the flow of the river to help with rescue efforts.

The man's name has not been released.

Authorities received a report at about noon Wednesday that a group of friends had hiked down to an overlook area near the Selis Ksanka Qlispe Dam, formerly known as Kerr Dam, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Witnesses said the man walked climbed down a rocky hillside outside posted boundaries and slipped and fell about 12 feet into the fast-moving river.


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