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Boy dies in apparent drowning at Montana hot springs resort

| February 4, 2022 7:00 AM

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in Montana say they are investigating the apparent drowning of a 14-year—old boy at a hot springs resort pool.

Butte Silver-Bow Sheriff Ed Lester says the incident happened Friday at Fairmont Hot Springs west of Butte.

Two off-duty nurses, a bystander and staff members at the resort responded to a medical emergency in the indoor pool area and tried to help the victim until emergency personnel arrived, Fairmont general Manager Steve Luebeck said in a statement Monday that was reported by The Montana Standard.

The victim was taken to a hospital in Kalispell and later pronounced dead, according to Lester.

Fairmont is on the site of a natural hot springs that was first developed for tourism in the late 1800s. The resort built in the 1970s has two indoor pools and two outdoor pools among other tourist amenities.