June 11, 2016 – UPDATE: The search continued Saturday morning for two people missing after they fell out of a raft Friday night. Sheriff Mike Linder was up in a helicopter searching the river for signs of either of the two people.
Three people were rescued after making it to shore, according to Battalion Chief David Gilbert of the Billings Fire Department. One female was placed into an ambulance and transported to a hospital.
The call came in a little after 8:30 p.m. by a man who reported a woman was having trouble breathing after falling into the river.
Deputies are searching for one male in all black, one female in all black and another male in white shorts and a plaid button up shirt.
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The search is concentrated near old Washington Street Bridge, located between Riverfront Park and Coulson Park.
An ambulance recently left the scene with at least one person.
Authorities are searching the banks on both sides of the river. Crews report the river is running high and moving very swiftly.
By 10 p.m. emergency crews were stationed at Riverfront and Coulson parks, including a police K-9 unit, and a help flight helicopter crew was searching from the air with a spotlight.
By 11 p.m. Gilbert said it had gotten too dark and rescue workers had to call off the search. They plan to resume the search Saturday morning.