Stranded climbers rescued after 1 climber dies on Mount Hood

Victim fell 1,000 feet

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Search and rescue crews responded to a fallen climber and a stranded group of climbers on Mount Hood on Tuesday.

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. - Rescuers reached several stranded climbers Tuesday on Mount Hood, Oregon's tallest peak, according to the Associated Press.

AP reports one climber died earlier after falling about 1,000 feet.  KOIN-TV reported that other climbers were performing CPR on the man before he was airlifted by an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter. The man was later pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital. His name has not been released.

More than a half-dozen other climbers were stranded due to tumbling rocks and falling ice, AP reported. Rescuers had to work quickly as heavy snow was expected to move into the area later tonight.

Rescuers made it to the climbers around 4:40 p.m. PST at 10,500-feet and assessed their conditions before starting down the mountain.

Clackamas County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Brian Jensen said one of the stranded climbers was injured, but that injury was not life-threatening, according to AP.

Climbers used cellphones to report that conditions had turned hazardous, said Air Force Maj. Chris Bernard of the 304th Rescue Squadron. 

Mount Hood is a popular climbing site that has seen dozens of accidents and fatalities over the years, according to AP. Thousands climb the mountain, but mainly in the spring.

 

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