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Swiss man’s estate sues over Alaska climbing death

April 26, 2013 • Business


File – In this May 12, 2011 file photo provided by the National Park Service, a high-altitude helicopter makes a short haul basket rescue of Jerry O’Sullivan at 19,500 feet on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. O’Sullivan was part of a climbing party where a Swiss climber was killed and three others were rescued. The survivors of a Swiss climber killed while on a guided climb of Mount McKinley has sued the guide company, alleging negligence led to the 2011 death of Beat Niederer. (AP Photo/National Park Service, file)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The estate of a Swiss man who died during a 2011 descent of Mount McKinley has filed a lawsuit claiming negligence by a guide company resulted in his death.

Attorneys for the defendant, Colorado-based Mountain Trip International, said in federal court papers filed Wednesday that climber Beat Niederer was aware of the substantial risk involved in climbing the highest peak in North America and knowingly assumed that risk.

The company is seeking dismissal of the case.

Niederer, 38, died after reaching the summit of the mountain in May 2011. The lawsuit said he had Login to read more

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