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2 Climbers Killed, One Hurt in Mt. Rainier Fall

August 22, 1995| Reuters

SEATTLE — Two climbers fell to their deaths and a third was critically injured on Mt. Rainier on Sunday, just one week after two park rangers died while on a rescue mission, officials said Monday.

The three men, who were roped together, fell more than 2,000 feet from the edge of Winthrop Glacier at 13,400 feet. They landed on a snow bridge at 11,200 feet.

The two dead were identified as Scott Porter, 32, and Karl Ahrens, 35, both of the Seattle suburb of Redmond. The injured man, whose identity was not disclosed, was airlifted to a hospital in Tacoma, where he was in critical condition with head injuries.

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