Anderson family

TOP: A sign that reads “God Bless the Anderson Family” and a bouquet of flowers rest on a bridge above the Yellowstone River. ABOVE: From left, Nicole, Jim, James and Angela Anderson pose for a family portrait. James and Angela recently died in a boating accident on the Yellowstone.

Law enforcement officials have recovered the body of the teenager who died after a Yellowstone River boating accident in late July.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release early Monday that they had recovered the body of 15-year-old James Anderson from the Yellowstone River near Springdale.

Anderson went missing after his family’s drift boat capsized after colliding with U.S. Highway 89 North Bridge on July 28. His mother, Angie Anderson, 47, died at the scene of the collision. His father, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Anderson, his sister, 18-year-old Nicole, and a family friend were also on the boat and made it safely to shore.

The search for James, who had just finished his freshman year at Belgrade High School and was active in Christ the King Lutheran Church, had been ongoing since the accident. The recovery effort included searching by air and boat.

James was found after law enforcement received a tip from a fisherman around noon Sunday. The teen was found soon after.

A fundraiser has been set up for the Anderson family. The GoFundMe has made over $31,000.

Donations can be made in James’ memory to the Christ the King Endowment Fund. Donations can also be sent to the Belgrade school system‘s Friends of Music or the Belgrade High School robotics club.

Donations to start the Angie and James Anderson Scholarship are also being accepted by the MSU Alumni Foundation.

And donations for the family can also be done through the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. The address is 34 West Sixth Avenue, Ste. 2E, Helena, MT, 59601. For check donations, make them out to MSPOA and write “For Anderson Family” on the memo line. For credit card donations, call 406-443-5669.

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.

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