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Three aircraft join search for people stranded on Mount Rainier

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 23, 2012 at 9:21 am with 1 Comment »
January 23, 2012 3:28 pm


Searchers have yet to find any sign of two groups of people stranded on Mount Rainier by the recent storms.

Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said the search crews have yet to return from the field, but they had not reported any findings.


Two helicopters and a plane have joined 40 people on the ground as the search continues today for four people stranded on Mount Rainier for more than a week.

A break in the weather this morning has allowed a Chinook helicopter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and a Bell 206 helicopter from Northwest Helicopters and Washington State Patrol plane to search the upper mountain, said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold.

The aircraft are looking for both parties from the summit down to Paradise
and the upper Stevens Canyon Road, Wold said this morning.

A one mile temporary flight restriction is currently in place around Mount Rainier as the aircraft assist with the search.

The missing are two campers – Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego and Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta – who were due off the mountain Jan 15. Two climbers – Sork Yang, 52, of Springfield, Ore., and Jin Seol Hee of Korea – were scheduled to return Jan. 16.

Today’s ground search includes 40 people in the field, Wold said. They are concentrating on the areas east and west of Sluiskin Falls, lower Paradise Glacier, north and east of Lake Louise and east of Mazama Ridge.

Mount Rainier and Denali climbing rangers, personnel from the National Park Service Pacific West, Intermountain and Alaska regions, guides from Rainier Mountaineering Inc. and International Mountain Guides, and Olympic, Tacoma, Everett and Seattle Mountain Rescue are helping with the search.

A slight improvement in the weather Sunday allowed ground teams to visually search areas that had not previously been searched

No sign of the missing parties has been found as of yet.

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  1. Survivor101 says:

    May God be with these souls.

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