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updated: 8/13/2012 8:42 AM

Ill. hiker rescued in Grand Teton National Park

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Associated Press

MOOSE, Wyo. -- An Illinois man had to be rescued in Grand Teton National Park after becoming debilitated on Teewinot Mountain.

Rangers said the 53-year-old man from Rock Island began exhibiting acute physical distress from an undisclosed ailment on Saturday while descending the 12,325-foot peak with two others.

Rangers raced to reach him and evacuate him on a stretcher tied to the bottom of a helicopter as darkness set. One ranger accompanied the unidentified man for the short trip to a spot where the helicopter could land and be taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Rescue helicopters are required to stop flying within 30 minutes of sunset. The helicopter ended its mission at the Jackson Hole Airport Helibase within six minutes of its deadline.

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