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Glacier National Park drowning victim has been identified

The man who drowned has been identified as Wales Wai Ming Poon
Posted: 11:19 AM, Aug 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-08 16:29:22-04

GREAT FALLS — The man who drowned in Pray Lake this week has been identified as Wales Wai Ming Poon of Edmonton, Canada.

Poon, 64 years old, was visiting Glacier National Park with family, according to a press release from Glacier National Park.

Rangers responded at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday to a report of a man drowning in Pray Lake.

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

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.

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

Searching resumed on Wednesday with National Park Service staff, 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.

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.