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Tag: Mount Rainier search


Hope fading fast for 4 missing on Rainier

UPDATE, Tuesday, 9:20 p.m. –

The chances of finding four missing people alive on Mount Rainier are “very minimal, minimum to none,” park spokesman Patti Wold said Tuesday.

Heavy snow and winds gusting faster than 90 mph prevented searching on Tuesday and the park decide Monday to start scaling down the search.

Missing are two campers and two climbers, both more than a week overdue. Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego and Michelle Trojanowksi, 30 of Atlanta, planned to conclude their camping trip on the Muir snowfield on Jan. 15.

Sork Yang of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin of

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Three aircraft join search for people stranded on Mount Rainier


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

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Four people overdue on Mount Rainier; believed to be waiting out the weather


A two-man search team has been battling snow, cold and wind today as they searched the route above Paradise to Panorama Point in hopes of finding four people stranded on Mount Rainier.

Travel was extremely difficult with the team sinking 2-3 feet into the snow with each step, said Patti Wold, park spokeswoman. Visibility was limited, winds were gusting up to 100 mph, and their tracks filled in behind them as they negotiated the deep snow.

Two climbers, an unnamed couple from Springfield, Ore., were expected to return to Paradise on

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New York man, Brian Grobois, dies while snowshoeing at Mount Rainier


A 54-year-old New York man died sometime during a snowshoe hike that began Sunday above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park. Dead is Brian Grobois of New Rochelle, N.Y.

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was used Tuesday morning to lift Grobois from the mountain and take him to Madigan Army Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“It appeared he had been dead for 24 hours,” said park spokeswoman Patti Wold.

“We have no idea what happened. (Rangers) had seen footprints in the area, so if he fell, it wasn’t

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