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2 Rescued Following Fall Through Opening in Teton Snowfield

July 6 2004 at 4:16 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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MOOSE, Wyo. -- Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued two injured backpackers who slipped and fell through an opening in a snowfield during a holiday trek.
They were part of a family hiking down Teton Crest Trail west of 13,770-foot Grand Teton on Sunday.
Will Behrens, 78, of Windsor, Calif., suffered a head injury, and David Behrens, 50, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, injured a knee when they fell through the gap while descending a portion of Cascade Canyon below Hurricane Pass, officials said.
David Behrens' son, 16, was the first to fall, suffering facial injuries and losing several teeth. He fell into running water underneath the snow.
While attempting to help his son, David Behrens fell through the same opening. Will Behrens tried to move to a safer area, but he, too, slipped on the icy slope, dropping into the same hole.
The three managed to get out, set up their tent and put on dry clothes. The boy then hiked out and reached help on a cell phone.
Dodging thunderstorms, rescuers flew in six rangers by helicopter to provide initial care. The hikers were transported to a Jackson hospital.

This message has been edited by dipper on Jul 6, 2004 4:16 PM

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