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2 Canadian climbers improving after fall near Seattle

Two Canadian climbers injured when they and a companion fell into a crevasse on Mount Rainier are reported to be improving at a Seattle hospital.

The Seattle Times reports that Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Tuesday the men were in serious condition and remain in intensive care.

Neither they nor a third Canadian climber who was less seriously hurt have been identified.

The third climber was taken to a different hospital.

Chief Ranger Chuck Young says the trio fell about nine metres into the crevasse on Sunday, landing on a ledge as they descended from the 4,400-metre summit.

Young says rangers were dropped off near the site and the three climbers were flown to the Sunrise Visitors Center by helicopter.

The two most seriously hurt men were then flown to the hospital.