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Marine Keith Zeier survives avalanche on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

Zeier was climbing the mountain to raise money for wounded veterans. (1/31/13)

HOLBROOK - A Marine from Holbrook who lost his leg in an explosion in Iraq survived another close call after being trapped in an avalanche on Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

Marine Cpl. Keith Zeier, 26, lost his leg following an explosion in Iraq in 2006. He received a prosthetic leg.

Following his injury, Zeier decided to climb Mount Washington in New Hampshire two weeks ago to raise money for Ascents of Honor, a charity that helps wounded veterans. During his climb, an avalanche struck and flung him 800 feet down the mountain.

Zeier says that he suffered a torn rotator cuff, injuries to his leg and was forced to crawl for two hours to be rescued.

“I don't look at anything in life as a failure," said Zeier, when asked whether he would try and climb another mountain. "It was a setback. With setbacks, you can let them define you or you can continue and push the fight.”
 

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