Authorities have released more information about what happened when a woman got trapped on the Jefferson river, including her name. Officials say three people from Whitehall were canoeing on the Jefferson River.

As they approached the Iron Rod Bridge, (approximately ten miles north of Twin Bridges) the canoe wrapped itself around one of the bridge pillars, trapping a woman in her mid twenties between the pillar and the canoe.


Two of the canoe occupants escaped and helped in getting the trapped individual into a position where she could breath.

The victim was trapped solidly in the river with the canoe wrapped around her leg, pinning her to the bridge pillar.

The victim was Kelly Keller from the Whitehall area. She was trapped in the water for approximately 4 1/2 hours.


She was eventually extracted from the river and Summit Air Ambulance transported her to Bozeman Deaconess. It was reported that she was conscious and in good condition.

Responding agencies included:

Madison County Sheriff’s Office

Madison County SAR

Madison County 911 Center

Twin Bridges QRU

Twin Bridges Fire Department

Ruby Valley Ambulance

Beaverhead Co Swift Water Rescue Team

Gallatin Co Dive / River Rescue Team

Summit Air Ambulance