Injured Hiker Rescued
Contact: Matt Graves, 406-888-7942
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park announced late Tuesday that park staff and the ALERT crew extracted an injured hiker from the Atsina Lake area in the Belly River drainage.
While hiking with his companions, the hiker apparently fell 30-40 feet sustaining a range of injuries. The incident was reported to park staff by a Glacier Wilderness Guides group leader who came upon the scene at approximately 1:15 p.m. The guide used a satellite phone to contact park staff.
A helicopter assigned to the Red Eagle Fire transported park personnel to the accident area. The victim was transported by ALERT helicopter to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, leaving the park at about 4:00 p.m.
Additional details are not known at this time, but will be provided as it becomes available.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.