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Climber taken off Mount Rainier by helicopter over the weekend

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on June 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm with No Comments »
June 28, 2011 1:24 pm

Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, released this incident report today:

A commercial guide service team just above the top of Disappointment Cleaver contacted the park just before 6 a.m. Saturday and reported coming upon a climber with a boot top fracture.

The climber, who was part of a group of five, was stabilized by guides while rangers on a summit patrol headed to the scene. The injured person was then lowered to the top of the cleaver, where a small landing zone was constructed in the snow.

A McDonnell Douglas MD-530 helicopter from Northwest Helicopters in Olympia with a ranger on board flew to the scene and medevaced the injured person, who was then transferred to an ambulance at the park’s helibase and taken to a hospital. Supervisory climbing ranger Brian Hasebe served as incident commander for the operation.

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