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Rescuers Call Off Search For Six Missing Mount Rainier Climbers
Monday, June 2, 2014 9:16 AM EDT
Monday, June 2, 2014 9:00 PM EDT
Posted by Carl Hensley, Reporter -
Park rangers at Mount Rainier said ice and falling rocks are making the area too dangerous for rescuers to continue searching for the six missing climbers.
- Park rangers at Mount Rainier said ice and falling rocks are making the area too dangerous for rescuers to continue searching for the six missing climbers.
Four clients and two guides from a Seattle based company went missing on Wednesday on Mount Rainier’s northern side.
Helicopters detected pings from emergency beacons buried under snow and debris at around 9,000 feet.
Rangers said the group had been hiking at around 13,000 feet near Liberty Ridge.
The climbers were last heard from at 6:00 Wednesday evening when the guides checked in with their company by satellite phone, but the group failed to return Friday as originally planned.
The effort to locate the climbers is now moving into a passive search. That means future recovery efforts will depend on the weather and the search could take weeks or even months.
However rescue crews and park rangers said it is possible the bodies of the two guides and four climbers might never be found.
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