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June 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Recovery of ranger’s body called off for a day due to weather

Mount Rainier National Park Rangers are not expecting to be able to recover the body Saturday of a ranger who died Thursday during a rescue.

Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said four additional rangers were sent to the site of ranger Nick Hall’s body, but the weather closed in and, with three feet of fresh snow, they gave up the recovery effort until at least Sunday.

Now a total of eight rangers are waiting at Camp Sherman for the weather to clear. Then the park service will use a helicopter to recover Hall’s body, with support from the rangers at the site.

Hall fell and slid 2,600 feet Thursday during the rescue of four climbers from Texas near the peak of Mount Rainier. Three of those climbers are in the hospital, and the fourth hiked off the mountain.

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