It was a week marred by tragedy in the Montana outdoor recreation community in two separate accidents that resulted in fatalities.

Earlier this week we shared the news with you that an 18-year-old Missoula woman drowned in a scuba diving accident in Glacier National Park's Lake McDonald. Rangers responded to the report. She was declared deceased after resuscitation efforts by members of the diving group and first responders were unsuccessful. She was identified as Linnea Rose Mills of Missoula.

Word also came that Monday, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue responded to the Bridger Mountains, near Sacajawea Peak, for a skier who had suffered injuries in a fall.  Two women had hiked in from Fairy Lake to ski the Great One. The first skier successfully completed a run. The second skier ran into difficulty and fell during the run, resulting in traumatic injuries. The first woman called 911 and initiated CPR. Unfortunately, due to the severity of injuries, lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. Search and Rescue volunteers were able to reach the scene by helicopter and both women were transported to a nearby landing zone. The surviving woman was further assisted by a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and Chaplain.

The deceased woman has been identified as Caroline Lupori, a Bozeman resident originally from Colorado.

Our thoughts are with both women's families and friends.


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