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Man on the ice raises public safety concerns

Posted: Mar 03, 2018 7:34 PM Updated:

Emergency crews worked throughout the day on Saturday to rescue a man off of a section of the Missouri River just south of the Central Avenue Bridge.

However, the man refused help and wandered up and down the Missouri River stopping near the 9th Street Bridge and eventually reaching the dam near 25th Street North.

Personnel from Great Falls Fire Rescue and the Cascade County Sheriff's Office all responded around 9 a.m. when the man was first spotted on the ice. 

Crews were set up along the river near the man ready to take action if he fell through the ice.

Over his three-mile journey, many people were in disbelief as they watched the unnamed man risk his life.

"That’s nuts. That’s crazy. I don’t know what he’s doing, but he shouldn’t be out there,” Great Falls resident Tami Price said. 

Although being on the river is not illegal, there is a public safety concern.

“It’s his right to be out on the ice, I suppose, but at the same time, the problem is, we’ve got private citizens that are trying to go out on the ice to talk to him," GFFR Battalion Chief Jeff Jackson said. 


(1st Report, 9:54 a.m.) Emergency crews are staged for a possible ice-rescue in Great Falls.

Personnel from Great Falls Fire Rescue and the Cascade County Sheriff's Office are standing by along the west bank of the Missouri River just south of the Central Avenue Bridge.

A man is walking on the ice in the central area of the river between Bay Drive on the west and River Drive on the east.

Emergency crews have been at the scene for more than an hour, several of them wearing special ice-rescue suits.

We're told that they have made contact with the man, but he does not seem interested in leaving the ice.

The temperature is hovering just above 0 degrees.

The identity of the man is not yet known.

We will update you if we get more information.

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