Rescue

Rescuers carry an injured hiker to a helicopter Friday at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park.

A hiker with potentially life-threatening injuries was rescued by Mount Rainier National Park rangers and Mountain Rescue Association teams Friday, according to a press release from Mount Rainier National Park.

The individual fell during a hike near Glacier Vista Thursday afternoon.

“The individual’s partner reported the incident to rangers at Paradise and a search was initiated,” according to the press release. “Overnight, search teams located the individual who had sustained potentially-life threatening injuries during the fall. The patient was raised up to the Paradise meadows area by NPS/MRA using a technical rope system. He was then transported to Paradise by sled and transferred to Airlift Northwest for medical care.”

Mount Rainier National Park staff, the volunteer Nordic Patrol and Tacoma, Olympic and Seattle mountain rescue teams were involved in the operation.

“Incident management personnel appreciate the public’s patience in honoring the unexpected closure of the road to Paradise today due to search related helicopter activity,” the press release from Mount Rainier National Park stated.

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