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Man believed to have drowned in Glacier National Park lake

The incident was reported around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Posted at 9:16 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 11:45:12-04

A 64-year-old man is believed to have drowned in a lake in Glacier National Park on Tuesday.

According to park officials, rangers responded around 4:30 p.m. to a bystander report of a man drowning in Pray Lake.

Witnesses reported they had seen a man struggling in the lake, and then go underneath the water.

A press release states rangers dove into the lake to locate the victim, but were unable to find him. National Park Service and visitor boats searched the lake until dark, but the man was not located.

Local dive team resources were unable to respond because they were already assigned to another drowning outside the park.

Searching began again Wednesday with National Park Service searchers, the Flathead County Dive Team, and Blackfeet Tribal Police.

Witnesses reported it appeared the man may have gone into the lake to retrieve a dog. The dog has died, according to the press release.

The victim is a 64-year-old man from Edmonton, Canada. His name has not yet been released.

The area immediately around Pray Lake will be closed to visitors while the search continues.

Pray Lake is located in the Two Medicine area of the park, next to the Two Medicine Campground. It’s relatively small in size, 700 feet long and approximately 400 feet wide, and the area near the inlet where the man was last seen is approximately 20 feet deep.