• 3 climbers rescued from Mount Pershing


    MASON COUNTY, Wash. - Three climbers were rescued from Mount Pershing Sunday morning, said officials with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

     A search and rescue team was sent out to Mount Pershing Saturday after Seattle-area climbers Gary Smith, Bill Holt and Mark Schleck did not return Friday.

     The Sheriff’s Office said the climbers’ family members advised them their cars were found at the trail head. All three men had cellphones, but family members had not heard from them.

     Late Saturday night and early Sunday morning crews from Olympic Mountain Rescue searched for the missing climbers.

     On Sunday morning the climbers were located in a very steep and rugged area. The Sheriff’s Office said the three men were exhausted but appeared to be OK.

     The Whidbey Island Naval Air Station flew out a helicopter to help in the rescue effort.

     The climbers, who were in their 60s, were all OK, cold, hungry and tired after they were rescued.

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