Rescuers Search Washington’s Cascade Mountains for Missing Skydiver, Kurt Ruppert of Lake City, Florida
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29 year old Kurt Ruppert of Lake City, Florida was reported missing since Thursday, January 3, 2013 by two friends after he failed to show up at a landing zone in the Cascades, east of Seattle. WA. Ruppert was making his second jump from a helicopter above Washington’s rugged Cascade Mountains when he went missing. According to reports, Rupport the suit he was wearing is not meant to be a form of protection from cold and wet conditions. About 145 volunteers canvassed a five square mile area near North Bend, WA, that includes 4,200-foot Mount Si.
About 130 trained mountain rescuers returned before dawn Sunday to search for a skydiver who went missing three days ago in the mountains east of Seattle, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office said.
“We don’t know if he’s on the ground. We don’t know if his parachute deployed, and he’s stuck up in a tree somewhere,” Sgt. Cindy West said.
Sunday’s search began at 5 a.m., she said.
Kurt Ruppert, of Lake City, Florida, was reported missing Thursday by two friends after he failed to show up at a landing zone, authorities said.
Ruppert was making his second jump from a helicopter above Washington’s rugged Cascade Mountains when he went missing, they said.
Authorities believe Ruppert jumped from an altitude of about 6,500 feet while wearing a special jumpsuit known as a “wingsuit,” which allows a person to soar and glide before deploying a parachute.