Jul 22, 2010 8:14 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Climbers hit by lightning in Grand Teton National Park

Crews on the ground and in the air resumeed the search at daybreak for a climber missing in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park.

Rescue teams on Wednesday used helicopters to remove 16 other injured climbers in three climbing parties from the exposed mountain after a thunderstorm and lightning struck the area.

A hospital spokeswoman says all the climbers suffered injuries related to lightning strike, including minor trauma and burns.

A park spokeswoman says the 17th climber disappeared over a cliff on the west face of the 13,770-foot Grand Teton mountain.

A helicopter and three park rangers who spent the night in a high-altitude hut plan to begin searching at first light where the climber was seen.


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