" />

LITTLE HOPE FOR CLIMBERS

Virtually all hope of finding three Japanese women climbers lost on the shrieking heights of Mt. McKinley faded Thursday as Army rescue efforts were ...

31 Jul

LITTLE HOPE FOR CLIMBERS


Virtually all hope of finding three Japanese women climbers lost on the shrieking heights of Mt. McKinley faded Thursday as Army rescue efforts were thwarted by blizzards and further evacuations.

The second rescue mission in a week pulled a man identified as Dan Miyers of Anchorage, apparently a member of another expedition, down from the 14,000 foot level.

THE JAPANESE trio, part of a five-member expedition, disappeared June 29 heading into a storm just below the summit of the 20,320-foot edifice.

Talkeetna bush pilot Don Sheldon flew observation runs again Thursday dropping messages to four other expeditions on the slopes of McKinley informing them of the search. There are a total of seven parties believed to be on the mountain.

A spokesman for the military said Miyers was rescued by a UH-1 helicopter which flew him to base camp at 7,000 feet. He was suffering from altitude sickness.

Army climbers led by veteran McKinley climber Ray Genet were socked in by a whiteout at 14,000 feet.

THE TWO other members of the Japanese expedition were flown out earlier, one with an intestinal hemorrhage. She was 23-year-old Masuko Inoue of Tokyo. The expedition leader, Michiko Sekita, 32, also of Tokyo, accompanied the victim out but is trying to get back on the slope.

ONE GROUP of Gent's party is high up in the vicinity where the other three women disappeared but they are socked in by bad storms.

Miyers was flown to Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital but elected to stay until the search for the women was successful or called off.