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Fatality on Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park

July 29 2004 at 11:13 PM
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Maryland man who fell 35 feet into a crevasse on Glacier National Park's Grinnell Glacier died late Tuesday, despite a grueling rescue effort on the part of park rangers.
"It was a very difficult extrication," said ranger Gary Moses, who was among the rescuers who were lowered into the crevasse to help Howard Cohn, 46, of Columbia, Md.
Cohn was with his wife and a group of 15 hikers from the Washington, D.C., area who were visiting Glacier Park. Cohn and three members of the group were on a day hike when Cohn walked onto the glacier while the rest of the party waited. When he disappeared from sight, the others started looking for him, eventually discovering that he had fallen into a crevasse.
At 3:30 p.m., the group contacted a naturalist ranger who was leading a tour in the area, triggering an elaborate rescue effort.
A contract helicopter was dispatched, carrying two loads of park personnel to the scene from the Many Glacier area. After they arrived and assessed the situation, they called for additional help from West Glacier, said Moses, who ended up being operations chief on the mission.
Moses and three other west-side rangers equipped with additional climbing gear were flown to the 170-acre glacier, which overlooks the Many Glacier valley.
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