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Fall kills climber in Zion National Park

Published October 27, 2012 5:17 pm

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A climber fell and died Friday in Zion National Park.

Lyle Dale Hurd III, 49, of Santa Clara, died at scene.

According to a press release from the National Park Service, Hurd was among four people climbing the Northeast Buttress route, a climbing route below Angels Landing.

Hurd and a partner were following the other pair up the route. Hurd fell more than 40 feet onto a ledge, pulling his top piece of protection out, the Park Service reported. His partner called 911 and provided medical care to Hurd.

Search and rescue personnel worked through the night to remove the body and investigate the fall.

ncarlisle@sltrib.com

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