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Hunterdon County man dies trying to summit Alaska’s Denali mountain

TALKEETNA, AK – A Hunterdon County climber died while attempting to summit Alaska’s Denali mountain Friday evening, the National Park Service said Saturday.

The climber, Fernando Birman, 48, of Stockton Borough, collapsed at 19,700-feet, the park service said.

The park service statement said his mountain guides immediately initiated cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at around 5:45 p.m., but Birman never regained a pulse and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The cause of death is unknown, but consistent with sudden cardiac arrest, the park service said.

Birman’s guides assisted in the body recovery, which was made from the 19,500-foot plateau known as the Football Field using a short-haul basket, the park service said.

Birman’s body was transferred to the Alaska medical examiner late Friday night, the park service said.

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