Woman Drowns in Glacier’s McDonald Creek

33-year-old was visiting Glacier National Park from Washington when she slipped into water on July 12

By Justin Franz

A 33-year-old woman from Washington drowned in a creek in Glacier National Park over the weekend, according to the National Park Service.

On Saturday, July 12, Abigail Sylvester and her husband of Buckley, Washington were standing near the upper McDonald Creek Falls on the west side of the park when she slipped and fell into the water.

As Sylvester was swept downstream, her husband jumped in after her but then had to return to the creek bank. Park rangers found the woman a half-mile from where she slipped and performed CPR. She was then transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Park rangers are conducting an investigation into the incident. The Park Service is reminding visitors to use caution when around any body of water. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the park.

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