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October 4, 2013
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Missing Durango kayakers found in Tajikistan

The five-member kayaking expedition in Tajikistan that called for emergency help Monday has been found, but one of three Durango men in the group is too sick to continue.

Ben Luck, suffering from hypothermia and altitude sickness, was airlifted to the U.S. embassy in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, said Julia Klema, the sister of two Durango brothers, also among the kayakers.

Klema said her father, Tom, was notified of the rescue at 3 a.m. today. The search for the three men was coordinated by GEOS Alliance, an emergency-response service, which alerted her family of the men’s call for help on Monday.

Cooper Lambla and Charles King are the other members of the expedition. The men dropped off Sunday in Badakhshan National Park from where they were going to hike to the Muksu River for a five-day run.

Her brothers, Matthew and Nathan, Lambla and King are resupplying and intend to continue. They had backtracked some distance carrying Luck, Klema said.

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