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Kansas woman dies in Glacier's Avalanche Creek

by The Western News
| May 26, 2023 7:00 AM

On Monday afternoon, a 28-year-old female from Kansas fell off a rocky overhang into Avalanche Creek and was swept into the gorge.

According to the Daily Inter Lake, Atheer Abdulrahman S. Alqahtani was spotted in the creek passing under the bridge of Trail of the Cedars by bystanders who waded into the water to pull her out. They immediately began CPR and sent people to notify rangers and call 911.

Flathead County Dispatch received and diverted the call to Glacier National Park Dispatch. NPS staff, ALERT and Three Rivers Ambulance mobilized after learning about the incident.

The woman was declared deceased by ALERT personnel at the side of the creek. Rangers used a litter to carry the woman out to the Avalanche Lake Trailhead where she was then transferred to funeral services. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is caring for the family.

According to friends traveling with Alquahtani, she had just finished her first year of her master’s degree at University of Kansas and was on a road trip tour of national parks to celebrate. Friends described her as a risk taker who loved getting in and being near water.

Law enforcement investigators say there are no indications of foul play. The area where this incident occurred is off-trail and many visitors take the same risk.

Water related incidents like this are the No. 1 cause of death at Glacier National Park. Visitors are asked to take extra precautions when approaching areas with water, especially during spring runoff.

Park staff thanked the Flathead County Sherriff’s Office, ALERT and Three Rivers Ambulance for their support and bystanders for their assistance.

The park extends their deepest condolences to the family and friends and ask that the public respect their privacy.