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Weather opening could allow team to recover ranger Nick Hall’s body this morning

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on June 23, 2012 at 10:00 am with No Comments »
June 23, 2012 10:00 am

Recovery teams are hopeful a promising forecast will allow them to remove the body of ranger Nick Hall from Mount Rainier’s icy Emmons Glacier this morning.

Hall fell to his death Thursday while rescuing four injured climbers.

Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said a helicopter is on standby at Kautz Creek on the south side of the mountain and a Chinook helicopter is on standby at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The chopper would retrieve climbing rangers from Camp Schurman and then fly to the scene. A group of rangers is currently hiking to Hall’s location.

If weather permits, Hall’s body will be flow to Sunrise or Kautz Creek and then transported in park service ambulance under escort off the mountain, Bacher said.

If weather prevents a recovery the team plans to try again Sunday when the forecast is more promising, Bacher said.

 

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