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Rescuers locate 2 Mount Rainier snowboarders

Published On: Nov 13 2012 06:54:50 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 13 2012 03:34:25 PM CST
Mount Rainier

Patrick Oppmann/CNN


Searchers have reached a pair of snowboarders who had been stranded on Mount Rainier for two nights in fresh snow that was chest-deep in places.

National park spokesman Lee Snook said 21-year-old Derek Tyndall and 20-year-old Thomas Dale didn't appear to have frostbite or other injuries when rescuers reached them around 11 a.m.

Rescuers gave the men warm liquids and were assessing them to determine if they could walk back down the mountain on their own. The hike was just a few miles, but conditions were treacherous.

The two had been stuck on the 14,410-foot mountain since Sunday after getting lost in whiteout conditions and digging a snow cave for protection.

Rescuers first spotted the men Monday but couldn't immediately hike to them because of darkness and avalanche danger.