May 31, 2001 |
A high-altitude helicopter plucked four climbers and their five rescuers off Mt. Rainier on Wednesday evening, two days after the climbers lost gear in an avalanche. The mountaineers walked off the Army Reserve Chinook helicopter and were taken to a ranger station for debriefing. Nobody was hurt. Crews got a break late Wednesday from snow and poor visibility that had prevented rescue of the four climbers and five national park rangers.