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Fundraiser To Be Held For Injured Floater

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Kettlehouse Brewery is holding a fundraiser for a man who was badly injured floating the Clark Fork River, after a man jumped off a bridge and landed on him.

As Andy Hill recovers from a shocking accident, he said his goal is to get a message out to Missoula's river-goers.

"I'm sure most people think 'I'll jump in the water, and I'm sure nobody's coming', but maybe there is someone coming," Hill said.

That was exactly the case a few weeks ago, when he and his wife were floating down the Clark Fork River for the first time in the 21-years they've lived in town. One moment, Hill was floating under the bridge near Deer Creek Beach, and the next he was under water, in extreme pain after a 20-year-old man jumped off the bridge, and landed in his lap.

"That was it, I didn't see anything I was going under bridge, and then I was under water," Hill said.

He now suffers from broken bones in both lower legs, a cracked femur in his left leg, and extensive damage to his left meniscus. He said he's working to be on crutches by September.

"It's a lot of pain, and a lot of stress not just on me, but my family," Hill said.

To help pay for Hill's medical expenses Kettlehouse Brewery is holding a Community Unite event. 50 cents from every pint sold at the North side taproom will go to Hill's expensive.

"It's such a bummer of an incident, and a really sad story, so we just want to help out," said Zeb Harrington with Kettlehouse Brewery.

Coincidentally, Hill recently started a group called Fishabilities, to get kids with disabilities outdoors and fishing on Montana's river.

"Our business is really committed to outdoor life-style. It means a lot to employees and most for our customers and this seems so well aligned with that," said Harrington.

Hill said seeing a lot of goodness in people as he recovers from this accident.

"The support form everyone in Missoula has just been tremendous. I can't go anywhere without getting stopped," said Hill.

The fundraising event is being held August 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kettlehouse's North side taproom.

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