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Climber dies in fall from Oregon peak, others stranded for hours

TIMBERLINE LODGE, Ore. (Reuters) – A climber died after falling as much as 1,000 toes (305 meters) from Mount Hood in Oregon and not less than seven spent hours stranded on the face of the mountain on Tuesday as temperatures rose and ice and rock broke unfastened, officers mentioned.

The man who fell from close to the snowy summit of the 11,000-foot (three,353-meter) mountain in northern Oregon was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, the place he was pronounced lifeless, mentioned Brian Jensen of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

By the time rescue crews arrived, the person was bleeding, had accidents to his face and his respiration was on and off, the Oregonian newspaper reported, citing state search and rescue coordinator Scott Lucas.

Two teams of climbers spent a lot of the day stranded excessive on the slopes because of dangerously unstable circumstances, however slowly made their manner down the mountain, Jensen mentioned.

A bunch of 4 folks, which included a climber who had been harm and was having issue strolling, had been assisted by rescuers. A bunch of three different folks descended on their very own.

Randy Lee, 44, was descending from close to the summit shortly earlier than midday when he met a bunch of climbers who mentioned their companion had simply fallen some 1,000 toes.

Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after serving to climbers descend from Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

“They said he tumbled. They said it looked like he was doing cartwheels,” Lee instructed Reuters.

Lee mentioned one of many 4 remaining climbers descended to the injured man, and shortly afterward one other member of the occasion fell a number of hundred toes and suffered minor accidents.

Lee mentioned he and the three remaining climbers regrouped and waited for roughly two hours for rescuers to reach, including that one lady in the occasion was shivering and seemed to be struggling from shock.

Major Chris Bernard of the Air National Guard’s 304th Rescue Squadron mentioned that the mountain, Oregon’s highest peak, turned lethal when chilly in a single day temperatures warmed shortly through the day, inflicting ice and rock to interrupt unfastened.

“It was a great climbing scenario last night on Mount Hood and it just turned bad,” Bernard mentioned.

Jensen mentioned it was potential there have been extra folks on the mountain who had not been in communication with authorities.

A 40-person rescue crew, assisted by Air National Guard crews, was working to get everybody to security earlier than a storm hit in a while Tuesday or early on Wednesday.

An estimated eight,000 to 10,000 climbers from world wide every year attempt to scale Mount Hood. Since 1883, greater than 100 folks have been killed on the mountain, in line with the Oregonian.

Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver and Alex Dobuzinskis, Steve Gorman and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler and Nick Macfie

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