Colorado Man Dies in Glacier National Park
Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888 5838
The body of a man that was recovered from the North Fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park on Tuesday has been identified as 67-year-old David Hughes from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Hughes was fishing in the park near Camas Creek with a relative from the local area when they became separated from each other's sight by a bend in the river. The relative went downstream to check on Hughes and was unable to find him. The relative left the area to call for help.
Individuals and rescue teams responded from Flathead County Sheriff's Office, North Valley Search and Rescue, Border Patrol and Glacier National Park. A.L.E.R.T. helicopter from Kalispell Regional Medical Center also responded to the scene. The victim was located submerged about 100 yards south of Camas Creek. Hughes was wearing waders, but was not wearing a life jacket. Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene, and cause of death is under investigation.
Visitors to Glacier National Park are reminded to always keep personal safety in mind by being prepared for changing weather conditions, using personal protective equipment as appropriate, and communicating recreational and travel plans, including estimated return time, with someone. Drowning is the number one cause of death in the park. Caution should always be used near water and life jackets should be worn.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.