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rescue/recovery St. Mary's Glacier

Postby glacierPaul » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:39 am

Hello all,
First, My condolences to the family and friends of the 19 year old man who died, and speedy recovery to the other 3 that are in the hospital. Saturday before 5pm, the group tried to swim across Glacier Lake, with the temp of the water at 40 degrees. After the attempt, 2 left by ambulance, and 1 by Flight for Life on Saturday night. And one by coroner on Sunday.
Extremely unfortunate. The water is not much more suitable for dogs, as I have retrieved one (deceased) earlier this year. The crazy thing is people (kids) come up all the time and jump off the ledge above the lake, then swim back, and do it again.
Again, my condolences to the familes.
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Re: rescue/recovery St. Mary's Glacier

Postby Hacksaw » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:43 am

Dex wrote:I was at Amphitheater Lake in Grand Teton NP in July - it was still partially frozen. Two people were looking for a place to jump in. I didn't wait around to see what happened.


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Re: rescue/recovery St. Mary's Glacier

Postby contour900 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:42 pm

Evidently these geniuses were asleep on the day in their early childhood when the melting temperature of ice on this planet was covered.
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Re: rescue/recovery St. Mary's Glacier

Postby lordhelmut » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:09 pm

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Re: rescue/recovery St. Mary's Glacier

Postby CO Native » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:22 pm

I don't think the problem was the time of day so much as the fact that where they got in required a long swim to where they needed to get out. They spent too much time in the water. A brief dip in an alpine lake is much different than swimming across one. You can only be in water that cold for 4 to 5 minutes before serious problems.
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Re: rescue/recovery St. Mary's Glacier

Postby Hacksaw » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:08 pm

g wrote:Wonder if they figured they could do it after watching Man vs. Wild...


I really hope not...
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