Posted: Jul 10, 2013 8:47 AM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 10, 2013 10:20 AM
WEST GLACIER - A 21-year-old man from Florida died after falling about 1,000 feet off a mountain in Glacier National Park.
Rangers recovered the body Tuesday evening on Apikuni Mountain in the northeast area of the park, park spokesperson Denise Germann said. The man was climbing the mountain with three others when he fell about 1,000 feet to his death, Germann added.
Park dispatchers received a call at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday from the Many Glacier Entrance Station saying that a member of a climbing party fell. The climbers could not see or reach the fallen climber, and they indicated that he was not responding to any communication. The area in which the fall took place is very steep with cliffs and rocky terrain.
Park rangers flew to the area of the fall by helicopter while other rangers performed an aerial search of the area, looking for the fallen climber.
Crews found the body at about 6 p.m. and a helicopter and specialized short-haul rescue team from Parks Canada helped park rangers recover the body.
Witnesses say that four people left the Many Glacier area for Apikuni Mountain at about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, and Germann says in a news release that all four members of the climbing party are employees of the park's concessioner Glacier Park, Inc. and work at the Many Glacier Hotel.
The Glacier County coroner confirmed death and the body was transported to a local funeral home. The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service.