UPDATE: Press release from Akers - “It sounds like crews are still fighting the elements trying to reach the two individuals stranded on or near Blowout Mountain. The woman is apparently showing signs of hypothermia setting in and the crews are doing the best they can to get to her. As of about 10:15 p.m., one crew was about 1 mile from their location. Another crew had to turn around due to the conditions and the fact that one or more of the volunteers took a tumble after the ground gave way as they were walking along a ridge. There are no reported injuries amongst the volunteers. They are going to attempt a different route.”
INITIAL POST: A man and woman are expected to spend a second night stranded in the mountains near Greenwater tonight after the weather turned during their Sunday snow machine trip.
The man, about 44, hiked to find cell reception and called his daughter this morning after the pair was stranded on the mountain Sunday night when wind and deep snow made it difficult to return, King County Sheriff’s spokesman Charlie Akers said.
Rescue crews are struggling to traverse the terrain in the weather, and were having better luck on snowshoes than their own snow machines, Akers said.
GPS coordinates show the two are close to the King-Pierce county line, between Blowout Mountain and Twin Camps, Akers said.
About 30 to 40 volunteers are trying to find the pair, and Pierce County Sheriff’s crews are also helping with the King County-led effort.
Akers wasn’t sure where the snow machiners were from, and didn’t know the woman’s age.
When the man called his daughter about 9:50 a.m., the two were doing okay. He planned to hike back to his companion.
“My guess is they (rescuers) will try to get to them and set up some shelter, get them warmed up and get them out in the morning,” Akers said late tonight. “As the day has gone on and it has gotten dark, obviously there is a very high concern about their continued well being and hypothermia setting in.”