Two Deadly Accidents in Glacier National Park


The body of an Idaho man has been recovered from Glacier National Park after park rangers said he fell 100 feet to his death.

This morning's Missoulian reports that the incident involving 18-year-old Brandon Avalos of St. Maries occurred Sept. 18 but his body was not recovered until the following day. Witnesses said Avalos had apparently climbed over guardrails on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and fell down steep terrain.

Just a few days before, 22-year-old Beau Weiher of Missoula was also killed in Glacier National Park. Authorities said he may have attempted an illegal BASE jump near Mountain Sieyeh.

Meanwhile, the news was good in two other rescues.

Crews worked throughout the night Saturday to reach a hiker who fell down a cliff near Swan Falls Dam in Kuna. Crews from Boise and Kuna joined Ada County paramedics in the rescue of the male hiker.

And in Idaho's Panhandle, an Idaho hiker was rescued from Chimney Rock near Priest Lake. This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the leg of a 36-year-old woman became trapped by a ton-and-a-half granite boulder. Eight rescuers were able to ascend to the woman's location from the Priest Lake side of Chimney Rock. Crews finally reached the woman Friday night, but were not able to hoist her out until Saturday. In all, 20 rescuers took part in the operation.