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POWELL (WNE) — The family of a kayak guide who died in Yellowstone Lake in 2017 and the company that employed him are hoping to reach an out-of-court settlement in connection with his death.

Timothy Conant’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the outfitting company OARS and several of its employees and representatives in Park County’s District Court in June. Conant attempted to rescue a capsized client during a kayaking tour of the West Thumb Geyser Basin when he himself fell into the water. His fellow guides reportedly thought that Conant would be able to rescue himself and left him. But Conant never made it back into his kayak, becoming hypothermic and drowning before others could save him.

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The Salt Lake City resident was 23. The lawsuit filed alleges that Conant would still be alive if not for negligence on the part of OARS and its employees. His mother, Molly James, alleges that the company failed to warn her son about the dangers of the job, failed to give him proper training and equipment and sent him into windy, dangerous conditions that afternoon.

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