Ohio man dies after falling down mountain slope in Alaska

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An Ohio man was found dead after falling down a mountain slope in Alaska.

David Shrider, 52, of Oxford, Ohio, was with five others at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. They were about halfway up Donoho Peak when the incident happened, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

Family of Shrider, a professor at Miami University in Ohio, said he asked for help before tumbling about 150 feet down the slope, park officials said. According to the statement, Shrider was dead when someone from their group found him and Shrider’s son called 911.

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Shrider’s body was recovered Saturday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. by the park’s search and rescue teams, with the assistance of an Alaska State Trooper via helicopter.

Troopers have not specified why Shrider asked for help prior to his fall.

Shrider was the director of global business programs at the university’s Farmer School of Business. In a Facebook post announcing his passing, the school remembers the popular professor for his “positive impact” and “connection with students.”

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Last month, a man was rescued after falling hundreds of feet and over a cliff near Donoho Peak. A few days later, crews rescued two people three days after their small plane crashed in a remote part of Wrangell-St. Elias.

And earlier this month, the Alaska National Guard rescued 12 mountaineers who were stranded on Klutlan Glacier due to bad weather.


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