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Park rangers finds skier who survived overnight in snowy Olympics

Associated Press - December 30, 2007 5:05 PM ET

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) - Olympic National Park rangers have found a 53-year-old backcountry skier who survived the night in a snow cave he built after getting lost in blizzard conditions.

Park officials say Randy Kraxberger of Port Townsend is in good condition and plans to ski back to Hurricane Ridge with his rescuers.

Six rescuers on skis reached him at the summit of Hurricane Hill around 1 p.m. Sunday, almost 24 hours after he first reported getting disoriented after clouds rolled in where he'd been skiing.

About a dozen park staff, 10 volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue, employees of the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club and personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station at Port Angeles took part in the search and rescue effort.

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