Utah dive team to aid in recovery of two men missing after Bighorn Lake boat crash

Posted at 3:39 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 17:47:18-04

Update 9:20 p.m. – Searchers are calling in a specialized dive team from Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday to Bighorn Lake to attempt to recover two men missing following a boat crash.

The National Park Service said in a Monday evening press release that the Tuesday search objectives include doing a deeper scan of the lake in the river channel and searching the water surface and shoreline.

The lake depth in the search area is estimated at 380 feet.

The lake is not closed, but the Park Service says a no-wake zone request is in place from Dayboard 5 to 9.

A Billings woman was killed and two men remain missing in Bighorn Lake following a boating accident.

The accident happened Saturday on the lake near the Dayboard 7 area.

According to a National Park press release, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy first reported the incident as a sunken vessel and people in the water.

National Park Service employees and Big Horn Country deputies located Robert Ludwich of Billings on the shoreline.

Ludwich was transferred by boat to Ok-A-Beh Marina and flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Healthcare with unknown injuries.

Search and rescue operations were launched for three additional missing boaters.

The search resumed on Sunday and the body of Tammy Scoville of Billings was recovered from the water.

The search for two missing men will continue Monday with additional Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard resources.

Officials did not release how the accident occurred or how many watercraft were involved in the incident.

Ok-A-Beh Marina and Bighorn Lake remain open, however, boaters are asked to use extreme caution and asked to keep wakes to a minimum in the area of the lake between Dayboards 5 and 9, where operations continue.

If you have information about the accident, contact Christy Fleming, public information officer, at 406-666-3302