Boy Well After Kayak Capsizes in Glacier Lake

By Beacon Staff

WEST GLACIER – Glacier National Park officials say a 13-year-old boy from St. Paul, Minn., is doing well after he capsized his kayak in Lake McDonald earlier this week.

The boy’s grandfather, Don Cox, also of St. Paul, says the boy was taken to a hospital after being rescued Tuesday evening. The teen was released that evening and returned to the family’s summer home on the lake.

Park officials say the boy, whose name has not been released, was kayaking on the lake Tuesday afternoon when high winds caused choppy waves as high as 6 feet.

The search lasted from about 3 p.m. to about 6:15 p.m., when the crew of a park tour boat spotted the boy on the eastern shore of the lake. The teen, who was wearing a life jacket and a “shorty” style wet suit, says he swam to shore and warmed up in a hollow log, where he fell asleep for about an hour.

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