Two fatalities in Olympic National Park over the weekend

Two fatalities in Olympic National Park over the weekend

Two fatalities in Olympic National Park over the weekend

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 21 at 1:11 PM

A man from Portland died in a fall on Mount Olympus on Saturday, a spokeswoman for Olympic National Park said.

Barb Maynes said at about 7:45 a.m. Saturday, park officials got a call from a hiking group that a person had fallen.

The hiker was identified as Richard Liston, 28. He was on the east face of the summit peak of Mount Olympus, climbing with one companion at the time of his fall.  The fall was witnessed by members of another climbing group, who were on the mountain at the time.

Maynes said rangers were flown via helicopter to Snow Dome on Mount Olympus and climbed through melting and challenging snow conditions to reach and recover Liston's body late Saturday afternoon.

In a separate incident late early Saturday evening, Philip Q. Ramirez, a 53-year old Renton man, suffered an apparent heart attack while fishing on the beach at Kalaloch, Maynes said.

Park staff responded and provided CPR and emergency medical care, but Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:30 p.m. by paramedics from Forks and Seattle Life Flight.

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