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Two men, including an Indian, drown at Montana’s Glacier National Park in the USA

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Two men, including an Indian, drown at Montana’s Glacier National Park in the USA

In two different tragic incidents, two young men lost their lives at the famous Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. One of the men who died was of Indian origin working in California and the second man was from Nepal working in Portland, Oregon.

First incident

As per park authorities, the first incident occurred on Saturday morning when a 26-year-old man from India was hiking along Avalanche Lake Trail. He slipped near Avalanche Creek and fell into the water. The witnesses of the accident saw him briefly resurfacing before being swept away through a narrow gorge around 8:30 AM.
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Despite all the action by more than 10 park rangers and an aerial search, the man body wasn’t found. It is believed that the body must be trapped underwater in the gorge, which is a hard-to-reach region. High water levels due to snowmelt runoff and poor visibility complicated rescue efforts.

Second incident

The second accident happened later that same day when a 28-year-old man from Nepal living and working in Portland, Oregon, drowned while swimming in Lake McDonald near Sprague Creek Campground.

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The man’s friends described him as an inexperienced swimmer. He was last seen at 6:25 PM before drowning underwater, prompting a quick rescue operation from the Flathead County Sheriff’s dive team.

His body was later fetched from a depth of 35 to 40 ft of water at around 8:20 PM. Park officials have initiated contact with the consulates of India and Nepal to initiate notification processes for the victims’ families.

The authorities have not revealed the identities of the deceased yet.

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Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of death in Glacier National Park, underscoring the inherent risks associated with water-based activities in the park’s diverse and often challenging natural environments.

About Glacier National Park

Two men, including an Indian, drown at Montana’s Glacier National Park in the USA

Glacier National Park is one of the prime parks to visit in the USA. The park is noted for its natural wonders and recreational opportunities like hiking and trekking, among others. One of the prime highlights is the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a scenic drive winding through majestic landscapes, offering breathtaking views of glaciers, valleys, and pristine lakes like Lake McDonald and Saint Mary Lake.

Hiking enthusiasts can explore numerous trails ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes, such as the Highline Trail and Grinnell Glacier Trail. For those interested in history and culture, the park features historic lodges like the Many Glacier Hotel and rustic chalets that reflect its early 20th-century heritage.

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