Climber dies after fall on Mount Hood, rescuers bring down others stranded

Climber dies after fall on Mount Hood, rescuers bring down others stranded

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A climber who fell on Mount Hood in Oregon Tuesday has died, officials said, and rescuers guided down two other stranded climbers and rescued a third by sled Tuesday night.

The climber, who was not identified, fell between 700 to 1,000 feet into the Hogsback area, which is at an elevation of around 10,500 feet, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and NBC affiliate KGW of Portland.

The climber was pronounced dead upon arrival at Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, the sheriff’s office said. A Black Hawk helicopter from the Oregon National Guard airlifted the man.

Rescuers later reached other stranded climbers to help get them to safety, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter just before 4:40 p.m. local time (7:40 p.m. ET).

Two men who were in the group that included the fallen climber were returned to a lodge via a snowcat vehicle Tuesday night, sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jensen said shortly after 7 p.m.

“They appear to be physically and mentally exhausted,” Jensen said.

A woman who was with that group couldn’t walk and was being lowered by rescuers with a sled, he said. She was brought safely down the mountain Tuesday night, the sheriff’s office said at 8:30 p.m., and rescuers lowered her with a rope 600 feet at a time.

Three other climbers, part of a different group, also made it down safely, Jensen said.

The call of a fallen climber was received at around 10:30 a.m., sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jensen said, and other climbers went to his aid. The mountain, which has a summit of 11,240 feet, is the state’s highest peak.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management said that the climber who fell was on the way up to the summit without ropes when he fell, KGW reported.

Major Chris Bernard of the 304th rescue squadron out of Portland said 14 rescue specialists were sent to the mountain, in conjunction with other groups. Portland Mountain Rescue sent 13 climbers on their way up, the sheriff’s office said.




Image: A rescue operation on Mount Hood in northern Oregon

A rescue operation on Mount Hood in northern Oregon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.