Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

Hikers lost in late May 2014

Mount Rainier as seen from the White River Campground, where six missing climbers attempting to summit, went missing and are believed dead after search attempts were suspended Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Bettina Hansen)
Mount Rainier as seen from the White River Campground, where six missing climbers attempting to summit, went missing and are believed dead after search attempts were suspended Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Bettina Hansen)

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) – The National Park Service says the bodies of three climbers have been retrieved from a glacier on Mount Rainier in the same area where six went missing in May.

A crew on a training flight this month spotted the bodies in an avalanche debris field after they were exposed by melting snow.

Working with park rangers, NorthWest Helicopters used a remote-controlled grabbing device mounted from a 100-foot long line to lift the bodies off the Carbon Glacier. The area was considered too treacherous to reach on foot. There was no sign of the three other climbers.

The Park Service says confirmation on the identities will come from the Pierce County medical examiner.

Authorities believe the two guides and four climbers fell 3,300 feet as they took a technical route to the top of the volcano southeast of Seattle.

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