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Visitor Injured after Falling from Horse

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Date: July 13, 2006
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Rangers in Glacier National Park responded today to an accident in which a 26-year old male visitor was injured after falling from a horse. The victim, Sam Scoufos, was part of a group of riders on the Piegan Pass Horse Trail in the Many Glacier area with park concessioner, Mule Shoe Outfitters.

After being stabilized by park rangers, the victim was carried in a wheeled litter to the Lake Josephine boat dock. He was then taken by boat to the Swiftcurrent boat dock. Rangers next took Scoufos by boat to the Many Glacier hotel boat dock where he was transferred to Babb ambulance. The ambulance rendezvoused with the ALERT helicopter at the Many Glacier helispot and the victim was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center for medical care. His injuries are believed to be non life threatening.

The cause of the fall is unknown and the incident is under investigation.

Scoufos is from Santa Rosa, California and currently lives in Australia.

Did You Know?

Lake McDonald

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.