Too risky to search for six Rainier climbers, park officials say
Continuous falling ice and rock make the avalanche-prone area too dangerous for rescuersMount Rainier National ParK, Washington: Park officials say it’s currently too risky to send people in search of six climbers who likely fell thousands of feet to their deaths while attempting to scale the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier.
Under safer conditions, crews could go in after the bodies. “The families, I’m sure, would like that closure,” park spokeswoman Patti Wold said on Sunday. But continuous falling ice and rock make the avalanche-prone area too dangerous for rescuers.
“People are very understanding that we cannot risk another life at this point,” she said.
Park officials say that as in the case of some others who have died on the mountain, there’s a possibility the two guides and four climbers believed to have fallen 3,300 feet from their last known location may never be found.