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New York Lawyer Is Rescued After Spending Nearly 20 Hours Lost on Mountain

Posted Feb 22, 2012 7:36 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New York state lawyer who became separated from his hiking party on Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks has been rescued after spending nearly 20 hours near the summit.

Stephen Mastaitis, 58, was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday morning and is in good condition, report the Albany Times Union, the Press-Republican and Lake Placid News.

The search for Mastaitis had been called off more than eight hours earlier because of severe weather conditions. The wind chill during his overnight stay on the mountain was near 20 below, the Press-Republican says.

Rescuers were able to determine Mastaitis’ location based on cellphone technology and a description he provided in a cellphone call. He handles Social Security disability and workers compensation cases, according to his website.

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