Recovery Operation Successful
Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888-5838
WEST GLACIER, MT. -The challenging recovery operation to remove the body of Jacob "Jake" Rigby from a high alpine location in the southern end of the park was successful Saturday morning. Glacier National Park Chief Ranger and Incident Commander for the Rigby Incident Mark Foust said, "It was an extremely challenging incident because of the steep and treacherous location." We are fortunate to have skilled pilots and crews with Minuteman Aviation, US Forest Service and Parks Canada."
During the search efforts two helicopters from Minuteman Aviation and Flathead National Forest were instrumental in inserting and removing search crews, and aerial reconnaissance. A helicopter, pilot and park wardens from Waterton Lakes National Park were used to recover the body from the high and steep "8888" mountain. Foust said, "The park wardens from Waterton are highly skilled and specialized to conduct an alpine recovery of this nature. We are very appreciative of their assistance."
Foust also expressed great appreciation to Flathead National Forest aviation staff and the Flathead Valley Search and Rescue for assisting with the effort and their dedication and professionalism.
The Rigby family issued this statement:
"Thank you for all the kind thoughts and prayers contributed for our son and brother Jake. Special thanks to the National Park Service and all the search and recovery personnel for their dedication, support and professionalism."
Did You Know?
Did you know that 2003 was one of the hottest recorded years in Glacier National Park's history? That year, approximately 144,000 acres burned from multiple wildfires.