Still no sign of missing hiker

10:46 am July 16th, 2014

An overdue hiker remained missing Wednesday on Mount Rainier.
The search for Edwin Birch, 64, of Tacoma continued with ground crews scouring the Ohanapacosh, Cowlitz Park and Nickel Creek areas of the Wonderland Trail. An air search focused on a one-mile radius from the last known location of Birch.
At about 3:30 p.m. July 12, Birch and his son met midway on the trail about a mile and a half north of Indian Bar at around the 6,600 feet level of the mountain. The son reported Birch as missing to Mount Rainier National Park officials at 1:30 a.m. on July 13.
The section of the trail where Birch was last seen is snow-covered above 6,300 feet and has patchy snow in other locations. Park officials advise that all hikers should comeprepared for difficult hiking when snow can obscure park trails.

One Response to Still no sign of missing hiker

  1. Eric Watson Reply

    July 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

    All Hikers must be required to carry a special EPIRB that signals when they leave to when they get back. This way all concerned people would have the ability to locate the person when in doubt. There should be a new EPIRB made so a person using it has to shut it off at a certain time so that if a person can not shut it off it would alert someone that person is not able to disable the beacon.

    There should be a rule…that any person who goes hiking with a group or by self an EPIRB must be carried. This would include a special radio attached so that any satellite catches the transmission can send it to the nearest responder.

    I am so sick of hearing about lost people because of this or that. It is a waist of paper, medias time and peoples efforts in seeking those people. Sorry, but common sense tells me …. if your going somewhere you better have the ability to tell someone if you cant get up. Even the commercial makes sense.

    DO YOU?

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