The Associated Press
UPDATE: 12:10 p.m. | High winds are delaying attempts to recover the body of a park ranger who who fell to his death during a rescue operation high on Washington’s Mount Rainier.
Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Nancy Stimson says officials initially thought the clear weather and lower avalanche risk would allow searchers to recover the body of 33-year-old Nick Hall on Thursday morning. Those attempts had to be called off, but Stimson says officials will try again if the winds subside Thursday afternoon.
Hall was originally from Patten, Maine. He fell 2,500 feet on June 21 on the Emmons glacier after helping rescue four climbers from Waco, Texas. Three of those climbers were injured and remain in fair condition at Madigan Army Medical Center.
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Mount Rainier National Park says an effort is under way Thursday to recover the body of Ranger Nick Hall who fell to his death a week ago during a rescue operation.
The park says improved weather is allowing a helicopter to fly, but conditions could still change.
Clouds and avalanche danger delayed efforts to remove the body from the site on the 11,300-foot level of the 14,411-foot mountain.
Hall’s body will be flown to either the Sunrise or Paradise ranger stations for transport to the Pierce County medical examiner’s office in Tacoma.
A private memorial service for Hall will be held Friday morning at the Jackson Visitor Center at the Paradise ranger station.