A climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park fell to his death Thursday while participating in a rescue of climbers on the mountain.
Nick Hall, 34, was preparing climbers who had fallen into a crevasse for helicopter rescue when he plunged down the mountain's northeast side at an elevation of 13,700 feet, the Seattle Times reported.
Three of the four climbers who were rescued were airlifted off the mountain late Thursday in Chinook helicopters from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. The other remained in a safe location on the mountain with NPS rangers. The evacuees were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Madigan Army Medical Center, the Seattle Times reported.
Hall is a four -year veteran of Mount Rainier National Park’s climbing program and a native of Patten, Maine, according to KIRO TV.
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