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Rescued Mount Rainier climbers out of hospital


SEATTLE (AP) – The climbers who were stranded for days near the top of Mount Rainier in Washington state have been released from a Seattle hospital.

Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says all four men were released Thursday night after being treated for injuries including frostbite and altitude sickness.

The Seattle Times reports Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy of Portland, Oregon, described the harrowing conditions they faced after one of them became ill and unexpected winds ripped through their camp, causing them to lose some of their gear.

They called 911 Monday afternoon but Mount Rainier National Park officials say stormy weather hampered the first five attempts at a helicopter rescue.

It wasn’t until Thursday morning that a crew could land and take Krasnitskiy, Vasily Aushev and Kostya “Constantine” Toporov of New York City; and Ruslan Khasbulatov of Jersey City, New Jersey off the mountain.

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