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Climber Dies After Fall In Quebec National Park

03/11/2012 11:12 EDT | Updated 05/11/2012 05:12 EDT
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A 28-year-old man is dead after he fell while climbing in Quebec's Hautes Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie park.

Quebec provincial police said the man was climbing with another person in the park Saturday before 10 a.m. when he fell.

Police could not say how far down the drop was.

Two other climbers came across the scene and tried to help, said Christine Coulombe, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec.

A woman went for help on foot while the others stayed with the man.

Police weren't notified until 9 p.m. ET, she said.

"It's an isolated area and the woman who left on foot to get help had a long distance to walk," Coulombe said.

It took some time for rescue crews to return to the injured man by snowmobile because the area was so remote, she said.

The climber, a Quebec resident, was taken to hosptial, but died of his injuries.

The park is located in the Malbaie region northeast of Quebec City and is popular with climbers.

According to the province's national park society, it has the highest rock faces east of the Rockies.