Glacier Rangers Respond to Injured Hiker, Capsized Boat

By Beacon Staff

Glacier National Park rangers responded to two incidents last weekend involving an injured hiker and a capsized canoe.

A 21-year-old woman slid roughly 200 feet on a snowfield near Two Medicine Lake on June 15. The woman had only general hiking gear and fell through almost 10 feet of cliff bands after sliding a considerable distance. Members of her hiking group alerted rangers who recovered and transported the woman by boat to an ambulance. She sustained minor injuries.

The following day, employees from Glacier Park Boat Company reported a capsized canoe and two people in the water on Lake McDonald. The employees rescued the individuals from the water and transported them to the Lake McDonald Lodge where rangers assessed their condition and transported the individuals to their vehicle. The boaters were wearing life jackets.

Park officials are using the two incidents as reminders to visitors to expect snow, ice and changing weather conditions.

It is important to know the terrain you are about to hike or climb and carry the appropriate equipment, park officials said in a statement.

Park visitors are also reminded to be prepared for cold, high and fast moving waters in the park during the early summer.

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