Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888 5838
At approximately 3 p.m. today park dispatch was notified that a woman fell into McDonald Creek, near the upper falls, and was being carried downstream.
Initial investigation indicates a 33-year old woman from Buckley, Washington was with her husband along McDonald Creek, near the bridge below the upper McDonald Creek Falls, when she slipped and fell into the creek. The current swept her downstream. Her husband jumped into the creek in an attempt to save her, but had to self-rescue himself to the creek bank.
A visitor on an interpretive tour in the area saw the woman being carried downstream and the interpretive park ranger leading the tour notified park dispatch of the situation. Park rangers responded to find the woman near the outlet of McDonald Creek into Lake McDonald, approximately ½ mile from where she fell in. She was carried over Lower McDonald Creek Falls.
Park rangers and visitors in the vicinity performed CPR. Three Rivers Ambulance and ALERT responded to the scene. ALERT transported the woman to Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell. Her condition is unknown.
Park rangers are conducting an investigation. Park visitors are reminded to use caution around all bodies of water. Water is cold, fast moving and high in most places at this time, and rocks can be very slippery.
Last updated: February 24, 2015