Rescuers search Mount Rainier for four overdue hikers, climbers

  • Sun Jan 22nd, 2012 7:18pm
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Associated Press

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Teams of rescuers are heading back up Mount Rainier to search for four overdue climbers and campers.

Park spokeswoman Patti Wold says a couple dozen rangers and others are searching Sunday morning in snowy conditions.

She says an Army Reserve Chinook helicopter got into the air briefly to help with the search but poor visibility led them to return.

Officials say the two groups are equipped and hopefully have dug in to wait out the storm, but they could be getting low on supplies. They began their trips nearly 10 days ago.

The missing campers are 37-year-old Mark Vucich, of San Diego, and 30-year-old Michelle Trojanowski, of Atlanta. The climbers were identified as 52-year-old Sork “Erik” Yang, of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin, of Korea.