TIMBERLINE LODGE, Ore. (Reuters) – A climber was killed after falling as much as 1,000 toes (305 meters) on Mount Hood in Oregon and as much as 15 different individuals remained stranded on the mountain in tough circumstances on Tuesday, authorities mentioned.
The injured man was airlifted off the snowy 11,000-foot (three,353-meter) mountain in northern Oregon to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Brian Jensen of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office mentioned.
Jensen later mentioned the person had been pronounced lifeless upon arrival on the hospital.
The Portland Oregon newspaper, citing state search and rescue coordinator Scott Lucas, had reported that by the point rescue crews had arrived, the climber was bleeding, had accidents to his face and that his respiration was on and off.
An estimated eight,000 to 10,000 climbers from all over the world strive annually to scale Mount Hood, an 11,249-foot-tall (three,429-meter) peak in the Cascade vary.
A doubtlessly energetic volcano, Mount Hood ranks as the very best mountain in Oregon and is clearly seen in Portland, about 60 miles (97 km) to the west.
Major Chris Bernard of the Air National Guard’s 304th Rescue Squadron mentioned that climbers had been stranded when chilly in a single day temperatures warmed shortly throughout 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.
Of these nonetheless stranded on the mountain, no less than one individual had sustained a non-life-threatening damage, Jensen mentioned.
Four individuals had been stranded above a treacherous space with sufficient meals and water to final the day and had been instructed to remain in place as a result of circumstances made a descent hazardous, he mentioned.
Another three to 4 climbers had been trying to make their means by these hazardous areas down the mountain.
Jensen mentioned it was potential there have been extra individuals on the mountain that 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 later on Tuesday or early on Wednesday.
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 Susan Thomas