2 Teenagers, 2 Adults Were Found in Cave—Now They Are in Serious Condition
Two Boy Scouts and two troop leaders are now in serious condition after spending a night inside a cave on Mount Baker in Washington state on June 4.
A man, woman and two 13-year old boys were airlifted to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and were being treated for hypothermia on the afternoon of June 4. Their identities are still unknown because of patient privacy issues. The Bellingham Herald reported.
They sought shelter in a cave on the 10,781-foot mountain after getting lost on June 3.
Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said the four people were reported to be missing when they didn’t reconvene with the other scouts after an attempted summit on Mount Baker.
Deputy Mark Jilk assisted in the search with his Navy helicopter. He picked up the four people near the summit of the volcano. Jilk described the weather to be cold and snowy.
This is not the first time people have gone missing on Mount Baker.
In 2017, a roommate reported that 22-year old Jake Amancio and 20-year old Drew Lenz missing after they didn’t return from snowboarding at Snoqualmie National Forest on Mount Baker. The Whatcom County Sheriff Office is currently searching for their bodies.
In January 2018, Vitaliy Datskiy‘s two friends reported him missing when he didn’t meet up at a designated point in the ski area. Datskiy was reported snowboarding around the ski area and crossed a boundary that warned of dangerous zones. Datskiy’s body was recovered in May 2018. The Bellingham Herald reported.
Datskiy’s family has started a GoFundMe page for any support people can give.