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Six climbers flown off Mount Rainier after rockfall; one fatality

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Date: May 30, 2019
Contact: Kevin Bacher, Public Information Officer, 360-569-6701

A Search and Rescue at Mount Rainier National Park today responded to six climbers caught in a rockfall at 10,400 feet yesterday evening. Two of the climbers were flown off the mountain and transported to local hospitals, while a third died on the mountain. The remaining three climbers were uninjured.

At 8:00 p.m. on May 29, the park received a 911 call from a climber on the Liberty Ridge route, reporting that a rockfall had swept through the site where three parties of two were camping on their way to the summit. One member of the group was killed, and two others were injured.

This morning, park rangers responded in the park’s helicopter, first conducting aerial reconnaissance and then retrieving the most seriously injured climber, transferring him via Airlift Northwest to Harborview Hospital in Seattle. The second injured climber and the deceased individual were flown out at 2:30 p.m. and transferred, respectively, to Arbor Health, Morton Hospital in Morton, Washington and to the Pierce County Medical Examiner. The remaining three climbers were flown off the mountain at 4:45 p.m.

Twenty-four rangers from Mount Rainier National Park participated in the incident, along with a chaplain from Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy.

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Last updated: May 31, 2019

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