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Fisherman drowns in Lake Koocanusa

 
May 22, 2022

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a report of a vehicle driving into the water at the Koocanusa Marina, north of Libby and about 4:52 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, deputies located a Ford F-250 pickup in the water near the end of the boat ramp.

A boat trailer was connected to the hitch. Bystanders had managed to get the driver, identified as Daniel Hollenkamp, no age or hometown given, out of the vehicle and started CPR. Deputies continued CPR until Libby Ambulance arrived and took over.

Resuscitative efforts were unsuccessful.

A friend of Hollenkamp’s advised they had been out fishing. They returned to the dock and Hollenkamp went up the boat ramp to get the pickup and trailer. About halfway up the boat ramp, they heard Hollenkamp begin coughing badly. Hollenkamp continued up the ramp to get the pickup.

A short time later, they looked up the boat ramp and observed Hollenkamp’s pickup coming downhill. Instead of turning around like they usually do, the pickup continued straight down and drove off the side of the ramp and into the lake about 30 feet south of the boat ramp. Hollenkamp had been inside the vehicle under water for approximately 10-20 minutes before bystanders were able to pull the vehicle back up enough and get him out.

Notifications were made by the Lincoln County Coroner.

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