Family of dead skier files lawsuit against Idaho rescue teams

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM

DRIGGS, Idaho -- The family of a New York man who last winter became lost after skiing outside the boundaries of a western Wyoming ski area, made contact with a sheriff dispatcher in Idaho using a cell phone, but died of hypothermia after being found the next morning has filed a wrongful death claim.

Named in the claim filed last month are the Teton County Sheriff's Department in Idaho, Teton County, Idaho Search and Rescue, and others.

The heirs of 46-year-old Edward J. Fitzgerald of Forest Hills, N.Y., are seeking $5 million in damages.

The claim contends Idaho officials botched the rescue attempt in January and failed to communicate with Wyoming rescuers trying to locate Fitzgerald after he went outside Grand Targhee Resort boundaries, which the claim says were not adequately marked.

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