A man who was sliding on the snow with his son at Mount Rainier's Paradise Meadows died after falling through the snow crust and getting swept down a creek on July Fourth, it was disclosed Thursday.
The man and his son were sliding down a slope in the Edith Creek area. While he was sliding down the hill, he broke through a snow crust that was over a creek and fell below the surface of the snow. He was swept about 30 feet down the creek and underneath the snow.
As soon as he broke through, the man's son immediately went for assistance at the Paradise visitors' center.
A Rainier Mountaineering Incorporated group was training in the area and responded to the scene. They were able to locate the man in the water, but his saw that his face was submerged.
A complex rescue operation ensued involving the RMI guides and park rangers. They were able to extract the man from the creek and performed CPR. An air ambulance was called in to fly the man to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He was not immediately identified.