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Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) in stable condition after accident
Independent Record ^ | August 28, 2009 | Martin Kidston

Posted on 08/28/2009 4:33:00 PM PDT by Sir Valentino

A state official with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks confirmed Friday morning that Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., and four other individuals were injured Thursday night when their 22-foot motor boat ran aground on Flathead Lake.

"There was a serious boating accident near Wayfarers State Park between 10 p.m. and midnight," said Jim Satterfield with FWP. "There were five occupants on the boat, including two public officials."

The occupants of the boat included Rehberg and state senator Greg Barkus, a Kalispell Republican. Satterfield said nearby campers heard the crash when the boat hit rocks at Wayfarers State Park near Bigfork.

All five occupants were injured in the crash, Sattefield said. Three were transported to the hospital by life flight and two by ambulance. All five victims, including Rehberg, were listed in stable condition at 9:45 a.m., according to Satterfield. Two were members of Rehberg's staff, according to FWP officials.

"The park is closed pending an official investigation, and will remain closed tomorrow," Satterfield said.

By early Friday afternoon, onlookers in boats were beginning to gather near the accident site, staring at the wrecked boat, which sat completely out of the water at about a 45-degree angel at the southern end of the park, where the shore is extremely rocky.

Satterfield said investigators will look at a variety of factors including the boat itself and who was driving it. Other factors will include speed, lifejackets, and whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

"Those are common in any accident investigation," he said.

Rehberg's office has yet to comment on the incident and the Flathead County Sheriff's Office is refer-ring all calls to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Check back later for more details.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: 111th; congress; dennyrehberg; montana; rehberg
*PRAYERS* to Rehberg and his *FAMILY*.
1 posted on 08/28/2009 4:33:02 PM PDT by Sir Valentino
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To: Sir Valentino

An Amen to that!!!


2 posted on 08/28/2009 4:37:52 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: Sir Valentino

Assuming the injuries are not life-threatening, I will tepidly ask why people are out boating between 10 p.m. and Midnight? Isn’t that asking for trouble?


3 posted on 08/28/2009 4:52:31 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: OrangeHoof

Fishing at night. Sounds like a lovely thing to do on vacation.


4 posted on 08/28/2009 4:54:20 PM PDT by Jedidah ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana)
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To: Sir Valentino

Speeding at night. 5 mph is the law and for good reason. I was in a boat doing 25 at right after dusk and which grounded. Luckily a long, slick mudflat—right next to big rocks. The Lord was looking over me and my best friend. Prayers for all.


5 posted on 08/28/2009 5:02:51 PM PDT by eureka! (Turn the Tea Party into our own ACORN when voting time comes. GOTV.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; colorado tanker; PhiKapMom; MplsSteve

I’m glad he’ll be all right.


6 posted on 08/28/2009 5:50:14 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Sir Valentino

Congressman Denny Rehberg is a terrific guy and a staunch Conservative. Prayers up for speedy recoveries for all.

That said, Flathead Lake experiences quite a few boating accidents. It isn’t as forgiving as most other lakes.


7 posted on 08/28/2009 7:08:59 PM PDT by JibJeb2012
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To: Sir Valentino

8 posted on 08/28/2009 7:58:42 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Sir Valentino
Update:

Congressman in surgery to repair ankle broken in boat crash

More here

9 posted on 08/28/2009 8:01:48 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: OrangeHoof

You don’t fish, do you?


10 posted on 08/28/2009 8:18:57 PM PDT by charmedone
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To: rawhide

I remember parking my dads boat like that during the daytime. He was not amused. I confused the throttle with the gear thingy ... ;^)


11 posted on 08/28/2009 8:21:46 PM PDT by linn37 ( "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Sir Valentino

Ouch, poor guy.


12 posted on 08/29/2009 4:31:37 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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