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June 21, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Mount Rainier hikers rescued from fall into crevasse

Two hikers have been rescued from a crevasse they fell into after summiting Mount Rainier on Thursday, according to Kevin Bacher spokesman for Mount Rainier National Park.

Two members of the four-person hiking group from Waco, Texas, were taken off the mountain tonight by helicopter, but 40 mph winds prevented the helicopter from picking up the other two. They will camp there overnight with on-foot rangers who can take them down the mountain in the morning if weather conditions do not improve.

A little before 2 p.m., two male and two female hikers who were on their way down from the 14,411-foot summit slipped on the Emmons Glacier Route and two fell into a crevasse at the 13,700-foot level. While the two were still dangling from the harness line, another hiker used a cellphone to contact park rangers.

Bacher said rangers near the 9,600 foot level at Mount Sherman were able to get to scene quickly and had the hikers out of the crevasse by 3:10 p.m.

All four hikers have injuries from slipping and having a few hundred pounds of force yank on their harnesses at the end of the fall, but none are life-threatening, Bacher said.  Their ages range from 18 to 53.

 

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