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2 German Climbers Rescued on McKinley

May 30, 1992

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Two German climbers were whisked from Mount McKinley by helicopter after one injured his head in a fall at 18,000 feet, officials said.

Gerhardt Seibert, 32, of Regensburg fell Thursday night, and his partner, Christoph Mach, 25, of Nuremberg suffered frostbitten fingers. Both were listed in good condition Friday, said Lyn Whitley, a spokeswoman at Humana Hospital Alaska in Anchorage.

Bad weather and freak accidents have plagued this year’s climbing season on the 20,320-foot peak, the highest in North America. Seven mountaineers have died and 14 have been injured since May 8.

The deadliest season in McKinley history was 1967, when eight people were killed.

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