Man dies near Paradise on Mount Rainier July 4

The following is a press release from Pattie Wold from Mount Rainier National Park.

A man was intentionally sliding down a slope in a controlled manner with his son in the Edith Creek area of the Paradise meadows.

While sliding he broke through a snow crust over the creek and fell below the surface of the snow.  He was swept about 30’ down the creek, underneath the snow.

His son immediately went for assistance at Paradise. A Rainier Mountaineering Incorporated group training in the area responded and was first on scene.  They located the individual in the water with his face submerged.

A complex rescue operation ensued involving RMI guides and National Park Service rangers after risk assessments were conducted.  They were able to extract the man, and start CPR.  An ALS air ambulance was called in to fly the man to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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