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German injured falling nearly 300 feet down Alaska glacier

Associated Press Associated Press 13/09/2016

VALDEZ, Alaska — A 42-year-man from Germany is being treated at an Anchorage hospital after falling nearly 300 feet down a glacier.

The accident happened Saturday at Worthington Glacier near Valdez (VAL'-deez).

City officials say in a statement the man was hiking the left ridge trail above the glacier when he slid and fell between 250 and 300 feet.

Officials say he suffered multiple injuries, including leg and skull fractures.

He appeared to have been traveling alone when the accident happened. Other hikers heard him scream and called the Valdez Fire Department.

Two physicians in the group stabilized him until the fire department's backcountry search and rescue team arrived. A group of 18 people helped carry him a mile and a half down the rocky side of the glacier. A Coast Guard helicopter flew the unidentified German man about 125 miles west to Anchorage for further care.

The accident remains under investigation.

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