Rescuers search Mount Rainier for 4 overdue
Saturday, January 21, 2012
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) -- With the weathering clearing, a team of 26 rescuers are scouring Mount Rainier for four overdue climbers and campers.
Mount Rainier spokeswoman Patti Wold says avalanche conditions have subsided, allowing the teams to span out to five different spots.
Wold says that a helicopter remains on standby at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, waiting for flying conditions to improve.
Rangers say the two parties were well-equipped and hopefully have dug in to wait out the storm, but they could be getting low on supplies. The two parties began their trips nearly 10 days ago.
The missing campers are 37-year-old Mark Vucich, of San Diego, and 30-year-old Michelle Trojanowski, of Atlanta. The climbers were identified Friday as 52-year-old Sork "Erik" Yang, of Springfield, Ore., and Jin Seol Hee, of Korea.