Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg was seriously injured in a boating accident near Bigfork, Montana on Thursday night. Rehberg reportedly underwent a three hour surgery to repair a broken ankle and fractures in left eye orbit. He also suffered a “mild, closed head injury.”
Dustin Frost, age 27, Rehberg’s state director, suffered a life-threatening brain injury in the boating accident. Doctors reportedly have him highly sedated and are monitoring his condition closely.
Kristin Smith, Rehberg’s deputy chief of staff, suffered injuries to her face including cuts and bruises. She also fractured her nose, wrist, foot and ribs according to the report in the Flathead Beacon. Smith is expected to leave the hospital in a few days.
Also injured in the boating accident were Kalispell Republican state Sen Greg Barkus, the driver of the boat, and his wife Kathleen. Though details of their conditions have not been released, both were said to be in stable condition.
The boating accident occurred when the power boat the group was riding in hit some rocks and ran aground near Wayfarer’s State Park. The group was leaving a social dinner at a Lakeside dock and were headed toMarina Kay resort in Bigfork after dark when the accident occurred.
Rehberg’s blood alcohol content level was already released it it was 0.05, below the legal limit.Although it was stated that Rehberg had not been operating the boat at any time. Barkus’ BAC has not yet been released.
The cause of the accident is currently being investigated by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks along with reconstruction specialists from the Montana Highway Patrol. The FWP is looking into whether drugs, alcohol, speed or mechanical malfunction speed played a role in the accident.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents and the family of those killed.