Snowshoer and climber airlifted off Mount Rainier, another climber presumed dead

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MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — A park official says one climber has likely died from hypothermia on Mount Rainier after he and his climbing partner were caught in a winter storm over the weekend.

A helicopter rescue crew on Monday afternoon spotted the remaining climber. Park spokeswoman Patti Wold says rescuers are determining how and when to retrieve the 58-year-old man from Norway. She says the climber did not respond or react to rescuers, and he is presumed dead.

Crews called off efforts Monday night to try to retrieve the last climber and would try again Tuesday morning, Wold said.

Crews aboard the Chinook helicopter spotted the man at about 11,000 feet in elevation, just before airlifting two others safely off the mountain Monday afternoon.

A 41-year-old Canadian climber and a 26-year-old snowshoer were in stable condition at Camp Muir before they were flown to Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma.



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