Authorities say a 51-year-old Idaho woman drowned in the North Fork Flathead River in northwestern Montana after her inflatable kayak became tangled in tree roots.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the woman and her husband were in a two-seated kayak about two miles south of Polebridge when the accident happened at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Curry says the kayak became entangled in a root ball before it folded, inverted and rolled over.

The woman and her 59-year-old husband were wearing life preservers, the husband freed himself and flagged down help at a nearby road.

The victim's name and hometown are being withheld until relatives can be notified.

Associated Press