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Falling Rock Prompts Grand Teton Helicopter Rescue

August 20 2004 at 12:09 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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A helicopter airlifted an Illinois climber who was injured when a falling rock struck his leg during a guide-led climb in the Tetons.

Anthony J. Chereso, 41, of Schaumburg, Ill., was climbing near the lower end of a fixed rope when he was struck by the rock Tuesday evening, according to a park news release.

Guides provided immediate medical care and helped Chereso to an overnight hut located on the Lower Saddle, which is at 11,600 feet elevation. Park rangers were called at 7:20 p.m., and a helicopter picked up Chereso about 8:10 p.m. and lifted him down the mountain.

Chereso was taken to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson for treatment. No information about Chereso was available from the hospital Wednesday.

It was the 12th search and rescue effort in Grand Teton this year.,1,3252797.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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