Tragedy Strikes In National Park

( – A tragic incident has unfolded at a renowned national park in Montana, where a woman lost her life after being swept over by a waterfall.

Federal authorities have confirmed that a 26-year-old woman from Pennsylvania had drowned following her fall into the waters above St. Mary’s Falls, located on the eastern side of Glacier National Park, The Guardian reports.

“According to witnesses, the woman was washed over the falls and trapped under water for several minutes,” the National Park Service said.

“Bystanders pulled her from the water below the falls and administered CPR until emergency responders arrived,” the statement added, underscoring the perilous situation and the immediate efforts made by those present to assist the victim.

Following the incident, a coordinated response involving park rangers, an ambulance crew, and a rescue helicopter was mobilized.

They arrived at the location of the woman’s fall around 6:20 PM. Despite their exhaustive attempts at resuscitation, she unfortunately never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead approximately an hour later, at about 7:20 PM.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death continued into Tuesday.

A state medical examiner was scheduled to conduct an autopsy to determine the precise cause of death.

The National Park Service was actively engaged in notifying her family and opted to withhold her identity from public disclosure initially.

“The park extends their deepest condolences to family and friends of the woman and asks that the public respect their privacy,” officials stated, expressing their sympathy and requesting privacy for the grieving family.

This recent tragedy at Glacier National Park is part of a broader pattern of perilous incidents involving hikers across the United States.

Notably, on the preceding Saturday, a man managed to survive in the Santa Cruz mountains in California for ten days by consuming wild berries after he became disoriented during his expedition.

He reported that wildfires had obliterated the landmarks that would have aided his navigation.

Earlier in the year, in February, another heartbreaking event occurred when the body of a 22-year-old hiker was discovered on California’s Mount Baldy.

This followed a week-long search operation that was severely complicated by heavy snowfall and adverse winter conditions.

Moreover, in September of the previous year, a 61-year-old hiker met a fatal end after falling from a waterfall outlook in North Carolina.

In a similar timeframe, a 55-year-old man perished while attempting an ambitious 18-mile hike from the south rim to the north rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

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