Helicopter crew tries again to reach Mount Rainier climber

SEATTLE (AP) — A helicopter rescue crew was again unable to reach a climber who is presumed dead after he was caught in a storm on Washington’s Mount Rainier over the weekend.

Mount Rainer National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold told The Seattle Times (http://is.gd/Vgecdb) the helicopter could not land at the climbing camp at Camp Muir because of high winds Tuesday morning. The crew will make another attempt on Wednesday.

The 58-year-old Norwegian man and his partner, a 41-year-old Canadian woman, were summiting the roughly 14,000-foot glaciated peak when a fierce winter storm hit Saturday. On Sunday, the woman descended the mountain and climbers escorted her to Camp Muir.

She and a man showshoeing alone who also got caught in the storm were both airlifted off the mountain.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com