- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) - National park rangers rescued a hiker who spent two nights stranded on the snowy slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano.

The National Park Service says rangers rescued Alex Sverdlov of New York Thursday morning after a helicopter search.

The 36-year-old computer science professor from Queens embarked on an 18-mile hike to the volcano’s summit above 13,600 feet on Tuesday. A snowstorm struck on his way down that afternoon.

Park rangers unsuccessfully tried calling his cellphone when the weather forced them to closed the mountain to visitors. They began searching for him by helicopter after discovering his car on Wednesday.

Range John Broward says Sverdlov was saved because he had a permit and rangers knew he was on the mountain. Broward also noted Sverdlov is extremely fit and stayed calm.