Climbing Ranger Dies During Rescue Attempt at Mount Rainier

June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 1:31 PM EDT

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Climbing Ranger Dies During Rescue Attempt at Mount Rainier

June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 1:31 PM EDT

According to a news release from the National Park Service, a 34-year-old climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington died Thursday afternoon after falling during a rescue attempt

The ranger fell more than 3,000 feet as he was helping to prepare other climbers for an extrication by helicopter, according to the NPS news release.

Read the news release from the National Park Service HERE.