Kayak Guide Dies In Yellowstone Lake During Rescue Attempt

Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park – On Wednesday, June 14, 2017 a kayak guide died while trying to rescue a 62-year-old client who had capsized in the West Thumb area of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Lake | Pixabay Image

Yellowstone Lake | Pixabay Image

The guided group consisted of 3 guides and 9 tourists. The capsized client was ultimately rescued by the other guides in the group. The victim ended up in the water, but did not survive. He was found by Park Rangers who pronounced him dead on the scene.

USNews.com writes that “the incident occurred about 400 yards off the west shore of the lake.” An investigation will be conducted.

The victim was identified as 23-year-old Timothy Hayden Ryan Conant. This was his first season as a kayak guide in the Park. There have been 41 deaths on Yellowstone Lake since 1894 (USNews.com).

Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park. The lake sits at 7,732′ and covers 136 square miles with 110 miles of shoreline (Wikipedia).

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