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Wed July 21, 2010
Rangers rescue Grand Teton climbers after storm
Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. – A lightning storm struck the mountains in Grand Teton National Park, injuring 16 climbers and prompting a helicopter rescue effort to try to bring them down.
Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says rangers hanging by rope from helicopters plucked 11 climbers off Grand Teton mountain Wednesday afternoon. Park officials halted efforts to rescue five more when another storm blew in.
Details of the climbers injuries aren't available yet. Skaggs says the first two flown to an operations base on the valley floor weren't seriously injured.
Rescue workers are treating nine climbers at a temporary shelter at 11,600 feet, waiting for the weather to improve to ferry them to the valley base.
The climbers were above 12,000 feet on Grand Teton mountain when the storm hit at midday. Three separate climbing parties reported injuries.