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Missteps in the Park

This Miss Was Better Than a Mile – Hiker Falls into Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

A visitor to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore provided a different twist on the expression, "A miss is as good as a mile" when he fell over a 35-foot cliff into the very chilly waters of Lake Superior. In his case, quick thinking and fast reflexes allowed him to miss the rocks at the bottom of the cliff, but his wet landing meant his troubles were far from over.

Good Samaritans Help Speed a Rescue at Rocky Mountain National Park

Despite occasional news stories about people who refuse to "get involved" when they see someone in distress, a recent incident at Rocky Mountain National Park confirms that most park visitors are willing to pitch in when things go wrong. Several climbers provided invaluable help when a fellow mountaineer came to grief high on Longs Peak.

Fall near Buffalo National River Claims Life of Former Football Star

When a serious emergency strikes, parks often rely on help from surrounding agencies for additional manpower or expertise. That cooperation is a two-way street, and the staff at Buffalo National River was recently called upon to help when a fall from a high bluff claimed the life of a former football star near the park.

Grand Teton National Park Rangers Rescue Father and Son From the Snake River After Their Raft Springs a Leak

A father and son who thought they could negotiate 25 miles of the Snake River on an inflatable raft better suited for a swimming pool and armed with sticks for paddles had to be rescued by Grand Teton National Park rangers several miles into their journey when the raft sprung a leak.

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