GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Montana officials say a woman who drowned while kayaking on the Missouri River in July had a blood-alcohol level of nearly five times the legal limit.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/2wkXuf8 ) that tests found 35-year-old Brandy Pavitt of Helena had a blood-alcohol level of 0.399 percent — a level at which a person could fall into a coma or die. A person is considered legally intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent.

The coroner’s report lists drowning as the cause of Pavitt’s death.

However, Dutton noted Pavitt’s blood-alcohol level likely caused impairment with her hand-eye coordination and balance.

Pavitt was reported missing on the afternoon of July 15 from near the Wolf Creek Bridge. A boater found her body the next morning about 4.2 miles downstream.


Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com