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Search for missing skydiver suspended

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photoNORTH BEND, Wash — Search and rescue teams suspended their search for a skydiver who has been missing since Thursday after jumping out of a helicopter near Mt. Si.

The missing skydiver has been identified as Kurt Ruppert, 29, of Lake City Fla. Ruppert was a member of the Skydive Palatka skydiving club.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said  386 volunteers from 19 different agencies have searched about nine square miles since Thursday. Much of the area searched was a quarter mile of “potential” area based on cell phone and helicopter flight path data.

Some areas could not be easily reached on foot, and a helicopter will search those areas when weather permits, the sheriff’s office said.

Ruppert was on his second round of jumps when he disappeared. The pilot said the men in the club were jumping from approximately 6,500 feet near a peak on the west side of the mountain. The peak near the jump location is approximately 2,500 feet.

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3 comments

  • My View

    For what it's worth, I think he's between the haystack and the first gap north of the haystack on the back side or in that gap. Based on my skydiving experience, the characteristics of wing suit flying, videos I've seen of mountain strafing in wing suits, jump altitude vs mountain altitude, and wind direction on the day of the jump. That terrain is nasty, no trails, steep, trees, cliffs, and is a difficult scramble in the summer time without snow and ice. But hey I'm just a hick from North Bend so what do I know!

  • ASHLEE

    MY HUSBAND AND I WHERE IN THE LITTLE JOHNS DRIVEWAY ON NEW YEARS AND SEEN 7 LATURNS FLOAT UP FROM ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE WAY UP THE FACE OF MT.SI . WE DIDNT THING TOO MUCH OF IT AT THE TIME BUT DAMN