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UPDATED: Two snowboarders stuck in storm on Mount Rainier

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Nov. 12, 2012 at 9:37 am |
November 12, 2012 8:39 pm

UPDATE3: The search was called off at 7 p.m. due to nightfall and the poor weather. Efforts will resume at first light, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE2: Rescue teams believe they’ve found the two snowboarders who spent the night on Mount Rainier. Crews got to within a half mile of two men on Paradise Glacier this afternoon and were attempting to reach them about 3:45 p.m., park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE: Snowboarders Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale called 911 about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to say they were lost in blizzard-like conditions on Mount Rainier.

The pair apparently dug out a snow cave or other shelter and hunkered down for a cold night, Mount Rainier National Park officials reported today. The had winter gear but no overnight gear.

Officials were in touch with them this morning, and they reported being cold but otherwise OK, the park reported.

Four search teams totaling 28 people are on the mountain looking for the men today. They’re being assisted by two search dogs from Kitsap County.

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Search and rescue crews are trying to reach the two men, who are in their early 20s. Officials said the men have been able to contact searchers with a cell phone and are stuck between around 7,500 feet between Paradise and Camp Muir.

It’s unclear what kind of supplies the snowboarders have.

Nearly 30 searchers are on the mountain looking for the men, who are believed to be near Panorama Point.

A storm continues to rage on the mountain, which is under a winter advisory from the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said 8 to 15 inches of snow fell since noon Sunday and up to another 4 inches are expected today. Temperatures dipped below 20 degrees Sunday night and winds gusts more than 60 mph.

The gate from Longmire to Paradise will not open today.

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