Glacier National Park: 18-Year-Old Woman Dies Scuba Diving

by Thad Mitchell
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Tragedy has struck Glacier National Park as park officials say a teenager died while scuba diving on Sunday.

Reports from Park Officials state an 18-year old woman from Missoula, Montana died in the incident. Park Rangers and other emergency personnel responded to the incident just before 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to CBS News. As a result, Officials say the teenager died at the scene after resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.

Glacier National Park Officials have not yet released the name of the deceased and the incident is under investigation.

According to a news release from park authorities, the woman was with a group of six people on a diving expedition Sunday afternoon. Another man went to Three Rivers Ambulance service to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. The 22-year-old male then went to a nearby hospital to receive hyperbaric treatment. The treatment is common for decompression sickness as a result of surfacing too quickly while scuba diving.

Glacier National Park Officials Respond

Park spokeswoman Gina Kerzman tells Helena, Montana news station KXLH the diving incident occurred near the dock to Lake McDonald. The woman was part of a scuba diving group that started their dive near the dock of Lake McDonald Lodge around 4 p.m.

Reports say a group of bystanders drove to nearby Apgar Village in an attempt to gain a phone signal and call for help. A medical helicopter made the scene around 30 minutes after the initial call.

Kerzman says emergency personnel tried to resuscitate the young woman to no avail. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

National Park officials say Lake McDonald is very popular among scuba diving enthusiasts. There are reportedly numerous historical artifacts that can be found at the bottom of the lake, making it a diver’s dream.

Glacier National Park is a 1,583 square mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border, according to the park’s website. In addition, the park attracts thousands of visitors each year for its vast recreational opportunities.

H/T: CBS News

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