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Authorities say lost skier died from hypothermia

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01/21/10

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) _ Authorities say a New York man who got lost
while skiing at Grand Targhee Resort has died from hypothermia.

The Teton County Wyo. Sheriff Department identified the skier
Wednesday as 46-year-old Edward Fitzgerald, from Forest Hills, N.Y.

Officials say Fitzgerald got lost Tuesday night while skiing off
the back side of Grand Targhee, ultimately getting lost in the
South Leigh Creek area.

Authorities say Fitzgerald called a sheriff dispatcher in Idaho
to report he had skied outside the boundary and had a global
positioning device but didn't know how to use it.

Search and rescue teams from both states failed to find him
Tuesday night. They resumed Wednesday morning, finding him in a
canyon unconscious and unresponsive.

Fitzgerald was pronounced dead at St. John's Medical Center in
Jackson.

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Information from: Jackson Hole News And Guide,
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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