According to a park official, six people who tried to climb Mount Rainier in the state of Washington, have been engaged in some kind of fall, with “no viable chance of survival.” He said this after a team searching on a helicopter, discerned climbing gear on the mountain this Saturday.
Fawn Bauer, a spokesman for Mount Rainier National Park, said that tents and equipment, which are believed to belong to the six climbers, were detected in the vicinity of Carbon Glacier, a detritus area which has a plenty of falling ice and rocks.
According to Bauer, the rescuers got a signal from the emergency beacons of the party, however, they will only search by air, as moving into the area via ground is extremely dangerous for the rescue team.
The climbing group, which had two experienced guides, came in contact with the park last time on Wednesday afternoon. Bauer said that at that time, the group indicated that everything is fine, while they were at a height of 12,800 feet.
Moreover, the climbers intended to reach the top on Thursday and come down on Friday.
On Friday afternoon, Alpine Ascent, a company associated with the guides, informed the park officials that they could not locate the group.
The National Park Service says, that each year, around 10,000 people try to climb Mount Rainier, but just half of them find success in reaching the 14,417 feet high summit.