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Tag: rescue

June
27th

Nick Hall: Family says ranger loved the outdoors and loved Rainier

Their faith and understanding of Nick Hall’s passion for the outdoors is helping sustain his family as they deal with his death after falling during a rescue on the mountain.

“One of Nick’s goals was full-time, year-round outdoor recreation employment. Mount Rainier helped make that happen,” said Aaron Hall, the climbing ranger’s brother. “He loved this place. He felt comfortable here.”

Nick Hall, 33, died Thursday while attempting to rescue four climbers on the Emmons Glacier. He fell about 2,500 feet as he helped pulled one of four climbers out a crevasse. Hall’s body came to rest at

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June
1st

Rangers rescue trapped horse at Maine’s Acadia National Park

From the National Park Service:

Operators of the Wildwood Stables discovered early Thursday morning, May 24th, that their 12-year-old Belgian Suffolk Cross, a horse named Duke, had broken through the barn floor sometime that morning or the night before. The 2,000-pound draft horse was discovered flailing with only his head and front legs above floor level. The horse’s body was collapsed into a section of the four-and-a-half foot crawl space that was surrounded by concrete walls. The horse’s hind legs were folded beneath him, and his massive frame completely filled the hole, making access to his hind quarters impossible. To extricate

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June
14th

Rescuers fear climber took “unsurvivable” fall on Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge

Rescuers fear that a climber who was left high on the slopes of Mount Rainier on Monday may have fallen 2,000 feet down Liberty Ridge

“The fall would have been unsurvivable,” park spokeswoman Lisa Lombard said.

While she said rescuers have been unable to confirm that the 50-year-old Olympia man fell she said “it was most likely him.”

Rescuers searching by air spotted a slide path and no sign of Rob Plankers.

Rescue crews continue to search the area, but the Chinook helicopter has returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and a lighter helicopter is now being used to search the

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May
26th

Two hikers rescued at Zion National Park by crew from Grand Canyon

From the National Park Service:

On Saturday, May 21st, a 24-year-old hiker from Norway sustained a lower leg fracture near the summit of Angels Landing when he jumped approximately five feet off a small, isolated pinnacle atop the route. Grand Canyon’s helicopter and flight crew were summoned and short-hauled the man off the peak. While waiting for the helicopter, rangers prepared for a lengthy technical lowering operation down the 1,500-foot-high north face of the mountain should weather or other factors preclude a short-haul evacuation. While doing so, rangers learned that a 62-year-old male from St. George had collapsed from severe

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May
26th

Search for missing South American dignitary ends happily at Louisiana’s Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

From the National Park Service:

 

Dr. Francisco Piedrahita was found yesterday afternoon in the park’s Barataria Preserve unit following an intensive four-day-long interagency search. He was spotted from a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department helicopter that was conducting a media overflight and a ground team was dispatched to his location. Piedrahita was found leaning against a tree approximately 300 yards off of a park trail – extremely dehydrated but coherent and in fairly good shape. – and was transported to a waiting ambulance by ATV. Family members, who had been holding vigil in the park, greeted him to the sounds

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May
23rd

Mount Rainier National Park rangers assist in saving man outside park

From Mount Rainier National Park chief ranger Chuck Young:

On the afternoon of May 16th, the Greenwater Volunteer Fire Department, which serves an area north of the park, was dispatched to a report of a man down and suffering seizures just off Highway 410 about two miles outside the park’s east entrance. Rangers Geoff Walker and Gavin Wilson responded to a mutual aid call and arrived first on scene. According to friends who were with him, the 19-year-old, who had a preexisting heart condition, had stopped on the side of the highway to view an elk and was following it

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