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Injured climber rescued Sunday evening on Mount Rainier

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on July 8, 2013 at 9:33 am with No Comments »
July 8, 2013 1:17 pm

UPDATED AT 1:18 P.M.

A Canadian man was rescued high on Mount Rainier on Sunday evening after falling and suffering “multiple traumatic injuries,” Mount Rainier National Park announced this morning. The man was taken by Chinook helicopter to Madigan Army Medical Center.

Park spokeswoman Patti Wold identified the victim as Peter Almerling of British Columbia, reported The Associated Press. No additional details on Almerling were available.

According to the park statement, the man fell while descending at 13,500 feet above sea level on the Emmons Glacier. The incident was reported to Camp Schurman, where climbing rangers are stationed, at 4 p.m. by four members of the nine-climber party. A rescue was immediately launched with two climbing rangers delivered 300 feet above the scene by helicopter. The man was airlifted off the mountain at 9:10 p.m.

Approximately 33 people including park employees, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Army Reserve 214th Air Division and Olympia’s Northwest Helicopters were involved in the rescue, according to park officials.

 

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