The Madison River hosts constant tubers and fishermen in the summer due to its scenic beauty, outstanding fishing and the perception of its safety. PHOTO COURTESY GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE SEARCH AND RESCUE

Disaster on the river

The Madison River looks benign – like a gentle lazy river from a theme park that was miraculously cast into stunning surroundings.

“People are lulled into a false sense of safety because the water isn’t swift and it isn’t deep,” Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Office Search and Rescue (GCSOSAR) Commander Scott Secor said.

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