UPDATE, 3:29 p.m. – Crystal Mountain ski patrol members Blaine Horner and Leah Fisher were also involved in Monday’s rescue of Kim.
Yong C. Kim was found on the upper drainage by two members of the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol led by Rainier ranger Jordan Mammel.
Rescuers evacuated Kim on a litter down the drainage to the Stevens Canyon Road, which is closed for the winter. He was then taken to by snow cat to the open portion of the road below Paradise, where his family planned to be waiting. He was expected to be taken to a hospital Monday night, Taylor said.
Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol director Paul Baugher said he sent four patrollers on the busy Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to help with the search. Everett Phillips and Pat Fleming were with Mammel when they found Kim.
For Phillips, a first-year patroller from New York, it was his second potentially lifesaving find of the weekend.
On Friday night at 8:30, Baugher received a call that a skier had not returned after closing at Crystal. Phillips discovered ski tracks in the south backcountry, said assistant ski patrol director Brent Okita, and was part of a team of about eight people who found the skier near Crystal Lakes injured and shivering.
“He was hypothermic,” Baugher said Monday via cell phone from Reno. “He would not have survived the night.”
The skier was carried out of the backcountry by 6 a.m. and by then Fleming was helping with the rescue too.
“I’ve been doing this along time,” Baugher said. “I can’t remember back-to-back situations like this that ended happily.”