Grand Teton search for climber resumes
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Crews have resumed the search for a climber who disappeared over a cliff during a storm in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
Rescue teams on Wednesday used helicopters to remove 16 other injured climbers in three climbing parties from the exposed mountain after a thunderstorm and lightning struck the area.
A hospital spokeswoman says nine climbers were taken to the hospital with injuries related to lightning strike, including minor trauma and burns.
A park spokeswoman says the 17th climber disappeared over a cliff on the west face of the 13,770-foot Grand Teton mountain.
Rangers who stayed on the mountain overnight began searching on foot for the climber at first light Thursday. A helicopter also was expected to aid the search.
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