Rescue crews continue search for missing MSU student


Rescue crews continue search for missing MSU student

ENNIS, Mont. - Search and rescue crews suspended the search Monday evening for a missing Montana State University student who disappeared while swimming Monday afternoon.

Madison County Undersheriff Roger Thompson said deputies, firefighters and search and rescue workers scrambled to Ennis Lake around 1:30 Monday afternoon after reports that a 19-year-old MSU student went missing while swimming in the lake.

Thompson said the man was swimming with a group of friends when they saw him struggling. He went under once but came back up. However, Thompson said the second time he disappeared underwater he did not resurface.

"It appears that everybody seemed to be fairly experienced as far as swimming, but for some reason he was having difficulty," said Thompson.

Around 3 p.m. Monday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office called in the Gallatin County Search and Rescue dive team to help look for the student. The lake is one the team is familiar with.

"The diving team has been down there before," said Thompson. "We've used them for actual events and they've also done training down there. So as far as experience gets, they are a very experienced team."

Thompson said the area where the man disappeared isn't far from the dam, which can produce a current. He added the water there is fairly deep.

"The water is probably 30 to 40 feet deep on average, " he said. "It can get deeper in some spots, because it narrows down towards the dam and gets deeper."

The student's name and where he's from have not been released.

Thompson said there is still no sign of the student. They had to suspend the search Monday night because of poor visibility and underwater debris. He said they will continue the search Tuesday morning.

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