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Teen missing after accident


18-year-old was horseback riding when he fell into river


July 15, 2009
An Orleans teen, who was part of a horseback riding group that included area riders, has been reported missing after an accidental fall into a Wyoming river.

Jared Hammack, 18, slipped and fell into a river near Ten Sleep, Wyo., on Monday, July 7, and was swept away by the current. The group he was with was horseback riding and stopped for a lunch break near the river's edge. When the group was ready to leave, Hammack slipped and fell into the rushing water and was swept away before anyone could reach him.

The stream was unusually high due to snow melting on nearby mountains, and the water was dangerously swift.

Search dogs were brought to the scene and indicated that Hammack may be in a cavern near the spot where he fell in, but a rushing waterfall kept divers from entering the water.

Search crews and volunteers attempted to install large pipes that were brought to the scene late last week in hopes of diverting the water from the waterfall, allowing divers to enter the cavern area. As of press time on Monday afternoon, the Big Horn County (Wyo.) Sheriff's Department said Hammack had not been found and rescue efforts had been scaled back.

Hammack was vacationing with his parents, Marvin and Shelly Hammack, and girlfriend, Allison Springer. Her parents were also part of the group.

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