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Crews working to rescue 4 Mount Rainier climbers


MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) – A rescue effort is underway for four climbers who have been stranded on the north side of Mount Rainier in Washington state since Monday.

Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher says the park received a report Monday afternoon that the climbers needed help because wind blew away or destroyed their tent and climbing equipment.

Bacher says the climbers include Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy of Portland, Oregon; Vasily Aushev and Kostya “Constantine” Toporov of New York City; and Ruslan Khasbulatov of Jersey City, New Jersey.

A park helicopter crew found them Monday on the Liberty Ridge route, but high winds thwarted rescue attempts. On Tuesday, the U.S. Army sent a Chinook helicopter and crew, but they have been unable so far to make a rescue.

Officials say the Liberty Ridge route is one of the more dangerous routes on Mount Rainier.

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