The body of a young man who went to cool off in the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park has been recovered, just a quarter-mile downstream from the confluence of the Lamar and Yellowstone rivers.
Darien Latty, 22, a concessions employee from Demorest, Georgia, and two friends took to the Lamar River a week ago. When they reached the confluence of the rivers, his two friends were able to reach shore, but he was washed downstream in the swifter current of the Yellowstone River, park officials said.
"Latty was last seen being swept downstream, separated from his inner tube and without a life jacket," a park release said.
After searching all week for the man, crews Friday evening spotted his body "pinned to a large rock in a very steep and dangerous section of the Yellowstone River," a park release said. "A swiftwater rescue team from Gallatin County, Montana, was called in Saturday to navigate the river. Using kayaks and a raft anchored to both banks of the river, they were able to dislodge and recover Latty’s body Saturday afternoon. A helicopter was utilized to remove his body from the remote area."
Floating the river is prohibited by park regulations.