Tragic news out of Mount Rainier National Park where a hiker is confirmed dead after falling through a snow bridge in an area called Paradise. Mount Rainier National Park spokesperson Kevin Bacher says the hiker was found on Wednesday at the bottom of a steep drainage under 8-10 feet of snow.
KXL reports rangers initially received the report of someone who had fallen through the snow from a hiking companion who called 911 on Tuesday. A team responded to the scene and spotted an unresponsive person about 50 yards downslope. The terrain was too hazardous to safely conduct a recovery in the dark.
A ranger descended into the trench Wednesday and recovered the body from the base of a waterfall fed by snowmelt.