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July 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Man dies after sliding into creek on Mount Rainier

A visitor to Mount Rainier National Park died yesterday after he was swept down a creek, according to a spokeswoman for the park.

The man was intentionally sliding down a snowy slope with his son in the Edith Creek area of the Paradise meadows when he broke through the crust and went below the surface of the snow, according to Patti Wold. He was swept about 30 feet in the creek while still beneath the snow. His son immediately went for help at Paradise.

A group from Rainier Mountaineering Inc. were training in the area and were the first to respond, Wold said. They found the man in the water with his face submerged. They were able to extract the man and start CPR.

The man was flown by helicopter to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Wold.

No other details were immediately available.

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