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Gazette Premium Content Snowboarder dies in fall on Wyoming mountain

Associated Press Updated: May 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A 24-year-old man died after falling 1,500 feet while descending a mountain in Grand Teton National Park on a snowboard.

The National Park Service identified the man as Joseph Lohr, of Anchorage, Alaska.

The agency says Lohr and two companions had summited the 12,325-foot Teewinot (tee-WIN'-aht) Mountain around 10 a.m. Monday before the accident occurred about an hour later.

Lohr initially survived the fall but was unconscious and at about 9,600 feet elevation.

An attempt to airlift him off the mountain was called off because of snow and high wind. Lohr eventually died from his injuries about 4 p.m.

His body was removed the following morning after weather conditions improved.

Grand Teton Superintendent David Vela says rescue personnel made every effort to get Lohr off the mountain for medical treatment.

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