Hiker Dies In Fall Off Trail In Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park July 15, 2017
Mt. Rainier in Washington state.
(ASHFORD, WA.) -- Officials at Mt. Rainier National Park say "an unresponsive hiker" was extracted by helicopter from the vicinity of the Eagle Peak Trail in the Tatoosh Range of the park on Thursday.
"The victim showed no signs of life and was released to the Pierce County Medical Examiner," said a park issued statement.
The hiker, a 75-year old man according to later news reports, had separated from his group of four around 1:30 pm to travel cross-country.
At around 2:30 pm several parties "observed rockfall in the area which was reported to the park at 4:30 pm. The victim was unresponsive when located in the rockfall by aerial search," according to the statement.
Park search and rescue crews and the park's Astar B3 helicopter ship from Helicopter Express, Inc., were involved in the operation.
The man was identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner's office as Burt Meyers of Olympia, Washington.