Portland man among 4 rescued on Mt Rainier

Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A Portland man is among four rescued near the summit of Mt Rainier on Thursday.

Officials on Mt Rainier said the four climbers are alive but suffering from exposure to the cold.

The four had been stranded on the north side of Mount Rainier in Washington state since Monday.

A helicopter was able to land in the saddle between Liberty Cap and Columbia Crest after 9 a.m. on Thursday to rescue the four.

Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher says the park received a report Monday afternoon that the climbers needed help because wind blew away or destroyed their tent and climbing equipment.

Bacher says the climbers include Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy of Portland, Oregon; Vasily Aushev and Kostya “Constantine” Toporov of New York City; and Ruslan Khasbulatov of Jersey City, New Jersey.

After being rescued, Krasnitskiy shared what it was like on the mountain.

“At night the storm it, just high winds — kind of breaking the tent,” he said. “We’re trying to hold onto the tent, trying to hold onto everything that was outside. Everything just got ripped and slipped out. Somehow we made it through.”

Officials say the Liberty Ridge route is one of the more dangerous routes on Mount Rainier.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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