Stranded Snowboarders Reunited with Their Families
SEATTLE (AP) — Two snowboarders who spent two nights stranded on Mount Rainier have been reunited with their families.
Park spokeswoman Lee Snook says Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale didn't appear to have frostbite or other injuries when rescuers reached them around 11 a.m. Tuesday. They were well enough to snowshoe out and made it off the mountain at about 3:30 p.m.
The two had been stuck on the 14,410-foot mountain since Sunday after getting lost in whiteout conditions and digging a snow cave for protection. They called 911 for help.
Snook says 30 rescuers working in five-member teams went out Tuesday through snow 2 to 4 feet deep. It was so soft members had to take turns "swimming through the snow" to break a trail.