OARS Speaks About Death of Guide Tim Conant in Yellowstone National Park

On Wednesday, June 14th, OARS guide Tim Conant lost his life on a half-day kayaking trip in the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. Tim had come to the aid of a 62-year-old client whose kayak had capsized. During the rescue operation, Tim’s kayak was also overturned and he spent a considerable amount of time in the cold water.  A National Park Service (NPS) boat was called in to assist in the rescue. NPS paramedics administered CPR, but Tim was pronounced deceased as of Wednesday evening. The client had been successfully towed to shore by another guide and was transported by ambulance to a Park Service medical clinic where he was treated for hypothermia and released.

OARS released the following statement:

“We are staggered by the news of Tim Conant’s passing. At 23 years old and a first-year guide, he was new to the OARS family, but already one of our own. He’ll be remembered as a hero who risked his own life to save another. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, and we are focused on assisting them and our staff in any way that we can.”

As the company struggles to deal with this overwhelming loss, OARS has enlisted grief counselors to provide support for staff and guests and cancelled the daily kayaking trips in Yellowstone National Park through Sunday, June 25th.

OARS operates by special permit in Yellowstone National Park


Steve Markle
Phone: 209.753.4797
Email: stevem@oars.com

Tyler Wendt
Phone: 209.753.4798
Email: tylerw@oars.com