Kansas woman dies in Avalanche Creek
May 23, 2023 | 3:06 pm ET
Avalanche Lake. (Provided by the National Park Service)
A 28-year-old woman from Kansas died Monday afternoon in Glacier National Park after falling off a rocky overhang into Avalanche Creek and being swept into the gorge, the park said Tuesday in a news release.
The woman was spotted in the creek passing under the bridge of Trail of the Cedars by bystanders who waded into the water to pull her out, the park said. They immediately began CPR and sent people to notify rangers and call 911.
Flathead County Dispatch received and diverted the call to Glacier National Park Dispatch. NPS staff, ALERT and Three Rivers Ambulance mobilized after learning about the incident, according to the news release.
The woman was declared dead by ALERT personnel at the side of the creek, according to Glacier park. Rangers carried the woman out to Avalanche Lake Trailhead where she was transferred to funeral services.
The top three causes of death in Glacier National Park are natural causes, such as a heart attack; drowning; and falls, according to data from the park in 2022.
Park staff would like to thank the Flathead County Sherriff’s Office, ALERT, and Three Rivers Ambulance for their support and would also like to thank the bystanders for their assistance.
The park extends their deepest condolences to the family and friends and ask that the public respect their privacy.