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Pennsylvania woman plunges to her death after being swept up by a waterfall at Glacier National Park

A 26-year-old Pennsylvania woman, whose identity has not yet been released, fell over a waterfall and drowned while visiting Glacier National Park in Montana.

New York Post report The incident happened Sunday at St. Mary Falls, a 35-foot-high waterfall and a popular hiking spot on the east side of the park.

Witnesses to the horrific incident said the woman was swept over the falls and remained submerged for several minutes before someone was able to pull her to the surface, and that person performed CPR on her until authorities arrived, according to reports.

Park authorities received several emergency calls about the drowning at around 5:20 p.m., and park rangers arrived on the scene at around 5:45 p.m., 25 minutes after the calls.

A helicopter landed nearby at about 6:20 pm and attempts were made to resuscitate the woman, but she never regained consciousness after being pulled from the water. Authorities stopped resuscitation efforts at about 7 pm and the woman was officially pronounced dead. Park staff.

The woman’s body was taken to the 1913 Ranger Station near St. Mary, Montana, and then transported to the medical examiner in Missoula, Montana, for an autopsy.

Following the incident, the National Park Service released a statement saying, “Park officials would like to thank Glacier County, ALERT, Babb Emergency Services, U.S. Border Patrol, and the numerous passers-by who provided immediate assistance.”

“The park offers its deepest condolences to the woman’s family and friends and asks the public to respect her privacy,” it added.

The incident is currently under investigation, and authorities plan to notify the woman’s next of kin before releasing her name, according to reports.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death among park visitors, Park staffPark officials said 2022 tied the deadliest year in the park.

As of 2017, 56 people visited the park People have drowned in the park, and experts say hikers often underestimate the seriousness of the terrain there.

“That’s the beauty and the benefit of enjoying nature: It’s not a Disney World-type experience where all the risks are managed, but rather you have the freedom to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Sarah Newman, who was the acting director of risk management for the National Park Service at the time. “Like Disney World, coming to a park is not without risk.”

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