6 Missing on Mount Rainier Feared Dead

Helicopter crews spot gear at bottom of 3K-foot drop
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2014 8:44 AM CDT
Mount Rainier, where six climbers attempting to summit, went missing and are believed dead after search attempts were suspended Saturday, May 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Bettina Hansen)
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(Newser) – Four climbers and two guides who went missing last week almost 13,000 feet up Mount Rainier are now presumed dead after rescuers found their gear at the bottom of a 3,000-foot drop in an area prone to avalanches, reports NBC. "There is every indication there is not a viable chance of survival," says a Mount Rainier National Park ranger, calling the area "incredibly hazardous. We are not able to get into that area; it would put our staffers on the ground at risk." The group last made contact via sat phone at 6pm Wednesday; a search began midday Friday when no further contact had been made. Helicopter crews spotted the gear from the air yesterday.

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