Skier's body recovered from mountainside

Mount Rainier National Park officials say the body of a man who fell to his death while skiing down the mountain in July was recovered last weekend.
The 30-year-old Washington resident fell through a snowbridge and landed in the rushing water of Pebble Creek on July 3. Searchers couldn’t find him until snow over the creek melted. When it did, his body was spotted at the bottom of a waterfall about 90 feet from where he disappeared.
Officials said his body was discovered in early August, but they didn’t make a public announcement until Aug. 19, which is when a team of eight search and rescue personnel recovered the body and had it flown off the mountainside by helicopter. The body was turned over to the Pierce County examiner, who will confirm its identification, authorities said.
The man’s name wasn’t released after the accident, which occurred as he was skiing down from Camp Muir, a climbers’ refuge at about the 10,000-foot level of the mountain.
He was the first of two climbers who died skiing on the mountain in July. The second, a 42-year-old Seattle man named Michael Soloman Naiman, perished July 16 when he fell into a crevasse on Emmons Glacier at an elevation of about 12,800 feet. He was skiing down the mountain with two other people after they had finished climbing to the summit.


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