Officials release IDs of Mount McKinley fatal fall

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Posted: May 27, 2011 9:08 PM
Officials release IDs of Mount McKinley fatal fall

National Park Service officials have released the identities of the two climbers killed in a fall on Mount McKinley.

Officials said 34-year-old lead guide Suzanne Allen of Seattle and a client, 45-year-old Peter Bullard of Shanghai, died Wednesday in the fall at the 18,000-foot level.

They were roped to two other climbers, who were injured and hospitalized.

They are 31-year-old Gary Burke of Dallas and 30-year-old James Mohr of Camp Pendleton, Calif. Burke had a broken leg and head injury. Mohr was non-responsive.

Park officials initially said the fall was witnessed but corrected that Friday. Instead, they said members of a ranger patrol spotted the four-person rope team about a thousand feet below the trail, heard an immediate shout for help and quickly organized a response team.