Searchers have been unable to locate a skier who is believed to have fallen through a snowbridge into Pebble Creek on Monday, July 3.
While skiing from Camp Muir to Paradise, a 30-year-old male from Washington state fell into a hole that spanned the rushing water of Pebble Creek, according to a press release from the National Park Service. Using an avalanche probe, his partner searched for two hours before completing his descent to Paradise to report the incident.
A ground search was conducted that evening followed by an aerial search in the morning. Neither located any sign of the missing skier. Late-season snow is creating unsafe search conditions. Search personnel will continue to monitor the area while waiting for conditions to improve.
The names of those involved are not being released at this time.
About 20 individuals have been involved in the operations including Mount Rainier National Park personnel, a guide from Rainier Mountaineering Incorporate and the park’s exclusive-use helicopter crew.