Crews suspend search for missing skydiver until morning
January 3, 2013
The King County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit is suspending the search for a man missing after skydiving out of a helicopter near the top of Mt. Si, according to a press release.
Around 2:30 p.m. a helicopter pilot called the KCSO and said that a man had skydived out of his helicopter and did not show up at the landing zone after the jump. The pilot said a group of three men were alternating going up in the helicopter to jump, one would jump while the others waited at the landing zone, according to the press release.
The men were on their second round of jumps when the man disappeared. The pilot said the men were jumping from approximately 6,500 feet near a peak on the west side of the mountain. The peak near the jump location is approximately 2,500 feet, according to the press release.
The men waiting at the landing zone said their line of sight was blocked so they did not see the man jumped out of the helicopter.
Approximately 75 members of the KCSO Search and Rescue Unit were involved in the search. The missing man is 29 years old and lives in Florida. Information about the pilot, helicopter or skydivers have not been released, according to the press release.
The Sheriff’s Office will resume the search tomorrow morning at daylight. The command post will be near the Mt. Si trailhead, according to the press release.