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Tour guide in Mount Rainier accident Mass. native

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MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (WHDH) - Sources tell 7News that a Massachusetts native is one of the six people who disappeared climbing Mount Rainier in Washington state earlier this week.

Eitan Green, 29, who grew up in the Boston area, was leading the tour group when they were hit with an avalanche. He attended college in Maine before heading west to pursue his passion of climbing.

Officials have not found the climbers, but the danger of recovering the bodies of the two guides and four climbers believed to have fallen 3,300 feet from their last known location is too great, park officials say.

"People are very understanding that we cannot risk another life at this point," Patti Wold, a Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman, said Sunday.

The climbers were last heard from at 6 p.m. Wednesday when the guides checked in with their Seattle-based company, Alpine Ascents International, by satellite phone. The group failed to return Friday as planned.

Emergency beacon pings led searchers deep beneath the avalanche site and rangers say they are certain it was a deadly fall.

"We are all devastated. Watching climbers take a fall. Get injured. Get killed. I mean it's always reminder of how difficult the sport can be," said an employee at Alpine Ascents.

They are presumed dead in one of the worst alpine accidents on Rainier since 1981, when 11 people were struck and killed by a massive ice fall on the Ingraham Glacier.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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