A lightning strike on Wednesday left 17 climbers at Grand Teton National Park in search of rescue, according to the Associated Press.
16 of the hikers from three separate climbing parties were rescued on Wednesday by helicopters, and the search will resume today for one climber who went over a cliff during the thunderstorm. The injuries sustained include burns and minor trauma (well, yea). The
The groups were all above 13,000 feet on the 13,770-foot Grand Teton mountain, park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs told the AP.
The climbers, who were rescued by dangling ropes from a helicopter, alerted emergency officials that another climber was missing. "He did go over a cliff. His climbing party lost sight of him, which sounds quite serious. But his condition is unknown at this point. It's vertical terrain. It's possible that he fell some distance," Skaggs told The Associated Press.
Three rangers spent the night in a hut at the 11,600-foot level and were to begin searching at daybreak Thursday for the lost climber.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time a lighting strike has done damage on Grand Teton: In 2003, a climber died from a lightning strike on the mountain.