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Injured Canadian flown off Mount McKinley

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second climber was recovering Tuesday after he was airlifted off Mount McKinley, park officials said.

Derek Joynt, a Canadian climber, was flown to Talkeetna Monday night, about an hour after a Massachusetts climber was lifted from the mountain, said National Park Service spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin.

Joynt, 33, fell down a crevasse about a mile from the 7,200-foot elevation base camp on Kahiltna Glacier, McLaughlin said.

Fellow climbers pulled Joynt out but he suffered a hip injury. He was carried to the base camp and flown out on board a high-altitude helicopter.

The Massachusetts climber was found unconscious Monday afternoon at the 19,500-foot level.

Joshua Wax, 26, was recovering from altitude illness, hypothermia and frostbite at an Anchorage hospital.



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