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Skier Dies In Fall Into Crevasse At Mount Rainier National Park


Another skier has died on Mount Rainier. The individual was killed Sunday when he fell about 150 feet down into a crevasse/Rebecca Latson photo

A skier descending Mount Rainier in Washington state was killed when he fell roughly 150 feet into a crevasse and became trapped. 

Mount Rainier National Park officials said Monday that the skier had summited the mountain early Sunday with two others. The three were heading back down when one in the party fell into a crevasse on the Emmons Glacier near 12,800 feet elevation.

Six climbing rangers responding to the request for help were flown to the summit of Rainier, and then climbed down to the scene of the accident. Using rope rescue techniques, rangers descended approximately 150 feet into the crevasse to the unidentified skier, who had traumatic injuries and was unresponsive.

After the man's body was raised to the surface of the glacier, it was flown off the mountain and taken to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office. Rangers descended with the remaining two members of the group to Camp Schurman, where they spent the night.

Meanwhile, the body of a skier who fell through a snow bridge and into Pebble Creek high on Mount Rainier early this month still has not been found.

The 30-year-old Washington man, whose name has not been released, fell through the snow bridge as he and a friend were descending the mountain from Camp Muir. The missing man’s partner saw the accident and searched for two hours using an avalanche probe and transceiver before descending to Paradise and reporting the incident.


It sounds as though the victim of the Emmons accident, Michael Naiman of Seattle, was a wonderful person:

Conolences to family and friends; rest in peace..

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