Body recovered in Middle Fork boating accident after several days

Statesman Staff

Rescue teams on Saturday were finally able to recover the body of a man who drowned near the Cutthroat Cove area in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River last Tuesday, according to a Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Mike Olsen, 46, of Lyman, Wyo., was involved in a boating accident in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on July 19 and presumed to have drowned, according to the release, but rescuers were unable to recover his body.

LCSO officials on Saturday received reports that multiple people had seen Olsen’s body near the intersection of the Idaho and Valley County line and the Middle Fork, near where the accident occurred. A helicopter and rappelling team from Montana-based Two Bear Air recovered the body and transported it to the Salmon airport, the release said.

Last Tuesday, authorities sent rescue teams to look for Olsen after receiving a 911 call via satellite phone at around 3:40 p.m. U.S. Forest Service officials, along with LCSO and a Two Bear Air helicopter, searched a ten-mile section of the river immediately following the report, according to the release.

LCSO in the release thanked “the huge number of people that assisted in the search for Olsen’s body after his tragic accident,” including the Forest Service, whitewater rafting outfitters along the Middle Fork, Lemhi County emergency resources and Two Bear Air.