Helicopter Rescues Hikers From Washington's Mount Rainier

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LONGMIRE, Wash. (AP) -- An Army Chinook helicopter has rescued two hikers who were stranded high on the volcano's flank after a freak blizzard.

Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher says they were picked up about 6:15 a.m. PDT Wednesday at Camp Muir for a flight to Madigan Hospital at the Army base near Tacoma for treatment or transport to another hospital.

The man and woman had frostbite and hypothermia from being caught overnight Monday in a blizzard that killed the woman's husband.

The three had been on a day hike to Camp Muir when they were caught in the storm that dumped 2 feet of snow.

Bacher says the three people in their 30s from Bellevue, east of Seattle, were experience climbers and two had reached the top of Mount Rainier before.


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