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Jun 28, 2013 1:06 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Colorado Springs man dies after fall from Grand Teton

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A climber on Grand Teton died after he slipped and fell into icy-cold water.

Teton County Coroner Kiley Campbell says hypothermia may have caused Thursday's death of 55-year-old Gary Miller, of Colorado Springs.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports Miller was descending when he fell on a snowfield and slid into a 35-foot-deep crevasse. He was soaked by rushing cold water at the bottom.

Climbing guides worked to pull Miller out with a rope. They got Miller out of the crevasse just as a rescue helicopter arrived.

By that time Miller had been subjected to 35-to-40-degree water for at least an hour. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Two climbers have died in the Tetons this year.

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