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Boise fisherman electrocuted along creek in Montana

A fisherman from Boise died Sunday when his fishing pole came into contact with a low-hanging power line as he walked along a creek near Hughesville, Mont., about 54 miles southeast of Great Falls.

Officials from the Cascade responded to the incident.

Leonard Henry Kolbet, 64, was walking up the bank from Dry Fork Creek with his fishing pole slightly above his head when the pole contacted a low power line, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Kolbet's wife was walking behind him and reported hearing a loud pop and seeing sparks, the Great Falls Tribune reports. She said he grabbed his right arm briefly and then was unresponsive. She and another person attempted CPR for several minutes without success, according to reports.

The Kolberts were camping in the area.

The line is owned by NorthWestern Energy, and company personnel were called to the scene.

The power line was too low, said NorthWestern Spokesman Butch Larcombe.

“We do patrol our lines and that line was checked in late April or early May,” he said. “We don’t know what caused it to drop down, but we have had a lot of weather since then and you could speculate that it was knocked down by that.”

Larcombe called the incident a tragedy.

Investigators say Kolbet had injuries consistent with electrocution to his right hand, wrist and both feet.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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