Officials Identify Man Who Drowned in Glacier National Park

Wales Wai Ming Poon, 64, died in Pray Lake during visit to park with his family

By Andy Viano

Glacier National Park officials have identified the man who drowned in Pray Lake on Tuesday, Aug. 6 as Wales Wai Ming Poon, a 64-year-old resident of Edmonton who was visiting the park with his family.

Witnesses reported a man struggling in the water before going beneath the surface at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, and attempts to find Poon on Tuesday were unsuccessful. The search resumed early on Aug. 7 and a remote-operated vehicle located Poon’s body in 30 feet of water that morning.

Pray Lake is a small body of water located just east of Two Medicine Lake in the Two Medicine area of the park. Witness reports indicated that Poon may have entered the water in a failed attempt to rescue a dog.

Personnel from Glacier National Park, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and the Blackfeet Tribal Police all assisted in the search.