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National Park Service team findings on Mt. Rainier ranger’s death
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mount Rainier Climbing Ranger Nick Hall died last year because he was working without fall protection and there was “significant” desensitization to high risk in the parks’ search and rescue program, a National Park Service accident investigating team said Tuesday. Hall, 34, died June 21, 2012, when he slipped and fell some 2,400 feet down the Emmons-Winthrop Glacier while unhooking a litter from beneath a hovering helicopter.The accident took place during a search-and-rescue operation to evacuate four injured climbers on the mountain.