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Woman falls into creek at GNP, condition unknown

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:28:42 AM MDT
Updated On: Jul 13 2014 04:04:29 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A Washington woman's condition is still unknown today after she slipped and fell into McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park on Saturday.

Park officials tell us that their initial investigation shows she slipped on rocks and fell into the water. Her husband jumped in to help her but had to rescue himself as the water was too strong.

A park ranger was leading an interpretive hike when they noticed the woman and called dispatch for help.

Park officials are urging visitors to remain aware of bodies of water within the park. They say that the nice weather can be deceiving and that there is still a lot of snow left to melt causing fast and high waters.

"We had a lot of snow pack this year so that snow is still melting, so we still have some high water in creeks and rivers and streams, it's  cold and it's moving quickly so we still need to be very careful around bodies of water," said Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann.

The following is a press release from Glacier National Park from Saturday:

At approximately 3 p.m. today park dispatch was notified that a woman fell into McDonald Creek, near the upper falls, and was being carried downstream. 

Initial investigation indicates a 33-year old woman from Buckley, Washington was with her husband along McDonald Creek, near the bridge below the upper McDonald Creek Falls, when she slipped and fell into the creek.  The current swept her downstream.  Her husband jumped into the creek in an attempt to save her, but had to self-rescue himself to the creek bank. 

A visitor on an interpretive tour in the area saw the woman being carried downstream and the interpretive park ranger leading the tour notified park dispatch of the situation.  Park rangers responded to find the woman near the outlet of McDonald Creek into Lake McDonald, approximately ½ mile from where she fell in.  She was carried over Lower McDonald Creek Falls.

Park rangers and visitors in the vicinity performed CPR.  Three Rivers Ambulance and ALERT responded to the scene.  ALERT transported the woman to Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell.  Her condition is unknown. 

Park rangers are conducting an investigation.  Park visitors are reminded to use caution around all bodies of water.  Water is cold, fast moving and high in most places at this time, and rocks can be very slippery.