No equipment abnormalities in Vegas rescuer death

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Posted: Jul 30, 2013 3:51 PM
No equipment abnormalities in Vegas rescuer death

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities investigating a Las Vegas search-and-rescue officer's fatal fall say they haven't found any abnormalities in the winch equipment or harness used during the ill-fated helicopter mission.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Tuesday on the July 22 accident that killed David Vanbuskirk.

Vanbuskirk and five crew members had been working to rescue a hiker who was stranded on a ledge at Mount Charleston. Police say he had strapped in the hiker and was being hoisted up when he somehow fell.

The hiker was pulled to safety.

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Vanbuskirk was buried with honors Monday following a long police vehicle procession down the Las Vegas Strip and a funeral that drew thousands.

NTSB's preliminary report is the first step of an investigation that's expected to take months.