Hiker rescued from Mount Rainier

    Photo of Mount Rainier National Park courtesy of National Park Service.

    Seattle, Washington (ABC) - A 45-year-old man was rescued after he became stranded for hours in Mountain Rainier National Park during frigid conditions, officials said Monday.

    Michael Knapinski suffered cardiac arrest during the incident.

    He had gotten lost in the park but was found by rescue crews clinging to life as temperatures dipped to 16 degrees.

    Knapinski said it was an unforgettable experience, "I just remember being lost and I was taking really small steps because I couldn't see anything in front of me."

    Helicopter crews spotted him stranded near a ravine on the side of the mountain.

    Doctors said his body temperature measured 70 degrees.

    He was rushed to the hospital in Seattle and is expected to make a full recovery.

     

     

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