Boy rescued from McDonald Creek in Glacier Park


KALISPELL, Mont. - For the second time since Saturday, someone fell into McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park. Officials tell us a 12-year-old boy fell into the creek while he was playing on a log.

Officials say the boy was on a red bus tour that made a stop at Red Rock Point, where he fell in. A park visitor from Wisconsin saw the boy and jumped in to help. The boy was rescued without injury.

"Its been very busy at the park with visitors, and with that comes incidents, and boy have we seen some incidents in the last week or so," said Glacier National Park Spokeswoman Denise Germann.

On Saturday, a 33-year-old woman from Washington fell into the same creek and was swept over Lower McDonald Creek Falls. She died from her injuries on Monday.

Officials say water in the park is still very high and very fast. They urge visitors to take extreme caution.

"Please be careful around water, around slippery rocks, and if you're going on the water, make sure you've got the proper protection, specifically a life jacket with you," said Germann.

The park has no plans to close any portion of the creek and says visitors need to understand the risks of the park when they enter.

A family of four was also rescued from the Glacier Park side of the Flathead River on Tuesday afternoon when their raft flipped over. They were able to swim to shore, where a helicopter spotted them. No one was injured in that incident.