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Record-setting helicopter rescue saves Canadian climbers

South Goodsir Tower in Yoho National Park peaks out at 3,600 meters, or 11,810 feet.

 (Ian Jackson / Parks Canada)
South Goodsir Tower in Yoho National Park peaks out at 3,600 meters, or 11,810 feet. (Ian Jackson / Parks Canada)

MOUNTAINEERING -- Two climbers were plucked from the summit of South Goodsir Tower in Yoho National Park on Sunday in the highest helicopter rescue on record for the Banf, Yoho or Kootenay national parks.

Parks Canada spokesman Omar McDadi said two climbers who used a SPOT satellite beacon to call for help from the top, were heli-slung down off the mountain's 3,600 meter summit: that's 11,810 feet.

“The elevation doesn’t reflect the difficulty of the rescue, it’s just that the higher you go the less performance you get out of a helicopter,” he said to the Calgary Herald.



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