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July 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM

UPDATE: Ranger’s body recovered from Mount Rainier

UPDATE AT 1:33 P.M.:  The body of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger who fell to his death two weeks ago during a rescue operation was recovered Thursday by helicopter.

Park spokeswoman Patti Wold says the recovery went smoothly in clear weather. The body of Nick Hall was flown to the Sunrise ranger station to be driven to the Pierce County medical examiner’s office in Tacoma.

Snow, clouds and avalanche danger prevented the recovery in the days after the June 21 accident.

ORIGINAL POST: From The Associated Press

A recovery effort is under way to retrieve the body of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall, who fell to his death June 21.

An Army helicopter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord is on a reconnaissance flight over Mount Rainier.  National park spokeswoman Patti Wold says the crew is checking winds and looking for signs of avalanche.

If conditions permit, the Chinook copter will return with rangers to pick up the body of Hall from the Winthrop glacier at the 11,300-foot level of the mountain. The body would be flown to the Sunrise ranger station and then driven to Tacoma.

Hall fell 2,500 feet while helping rescue four climbers from Waco, Texas, after two of them fell into a crevasse at the 13,800-foot level. 

The 33-year-old Hall was a four-year climbing ranger originally from Patten, Maine. He is only the fourth Rainier ranger in the park’s history to die in the line of duty.

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