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Missing snowboarders found alive | Mount Rainier National Park

November 13, 2012 · 1:15 PM

At approximately 11 a.m. today, Nov. 13, searchers at Mount Rainier National Park found the two snowboarders alive.

The two have been missing since Sunday, Nov. 12. Derek Tyndall, 21, and Thomas Dalle, 20, had spent Sunday snowboarding in the area above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park before they became lost in white-out winter snow conditions while descending from Camp Muir.

Monday’s search effort focused on an area believed to be where the two snowboarders had spent Sunday evening. On late Monday afternoon searcher had a visual of what they believed were the missing snowboarders. Because of difficult terrain and low visibility, they were not able to make contact with these individuals before nightfall.

Today the park deployed a stronger search response over a greater area of the park, with volunteers from Tacoma, Olympic, and Seattle Mountain Rescue Teams; as well as four dog teams from the Washington Search and Rescue Task Force.

Tyndall and Dalle were found by one of the search groups in the upper Stevens Creek drainage. Currently both are being rewarmed, while a plan to get them off the mountain is being determined.

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