Tourist accused of faking hypothermia to be airlifted from mountain faces federal charges

tourist accused of faking hypothermia to be airlifted from mountain faces federal charges

Sumary of Tourist accused of faking hypothermia to be airlifted from mountain faces federal charges:

  • A tourist is facing three federal charges after Alaskan authorities accused him of lying to rescuers in order to get his climbing party helicoptered off of the state’s Denali peak.
  • Alaskan officials filed the complaints against Utah-based radiologist Dr Jason Lance on 9 November following the incident in May, when he called two separate rescue helicopters from the 6,193-metre mountain, also known as Mount McKinley.
  • During the 25 May climb, Lance radioed for one legitimate helicopter rescue – for a fellow climber who had fallen and required emergency treatment for critical injuries.
  • But Lance then made two later calls for a rescue aircraft – the first saying he lacked the proper equipment for a safe descent (for which he was denied assistance), and the second claiming that two other climbers in his party had “signs of early hypothermia”, after which they were rescued by helicopter.
  • The charges from Alaskan authorities state that Lance told the two climbers that “we’ve paid our fee”, so the Park Service should rescue them.
  • Lance also faces charges for initially refusing to hand over a satellite device which contained messages from him.

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