Scuba Diver Loses Her Life at Glacier National Park

The incident occurred at Lake McDonald
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2020 11:47 AM CST
Scuba Dive Turns Deadly at Glacier National Park
This July 2005 photo shows a view of Lake MacDonald from East Glacier Park Lodge.   (Wikimedia/Mukerjee)

An 18-year-old woman has died in a scuba diving accident inside Montana's Glacier National Park. The unidentified woman was among six people to set out from near Lake McDonald Lodge, a hotel within the park, around 4pm Sunday. A 911 call was placed just shy of two hours later by bystanders. It took another 30 minutes for a helicopter to arrive, per KRTV.

The woman, from Missoula, was pronounced dead after first responders were unable to resuscitate her, the National Park Service said in a statement, per NBC News. A cause of death was not given. A 22-year-old male diver told responders he was struggling to breathe. He was flown to a hospital in Seattle, Wash., for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen, a therapy for decompression sickness, per NBC. The outlet notes Lake McDonald is popular with scuba-diving groups searching for artifacts. (Read more Glacier National Park stories.)

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