Oregon (United States), Feb 14: A climber who fell between 700-1000 feet on Mount Hood in Oregon succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. As many as seven to eight more climbers are still stranded on the face of the mountain in difficult conditions. Rescue operation of the climbers is underway. The name of the climber has not been released.
The climber fell into the Hogsback area, which is at an elevation of about 10,500 feet, at around 10:30 AM. A Black Hawk helicopter crew reached the climber at around 1 PM. He was then airlifted by the rescue team and immediately taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. The climber, who remains unidentified, was pronounced brought dead on arrival, Brian Jensen of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office was quoted as saying.
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management said that the climber was climbing the Mount Hood without ropes when he fell.
The rescuers reached another group of climbers on Mount Hood, state’s highest peak at 11,240 feet, stuck in the harsh conditions. “We have made communications with them again, we have been told that they are safe. They do have one person that is injured, it does not sound like they are life-threatening injuries. They have stated that they have food and water for a day,” he said.
Jensen added that “the ascent and descent from that location they describe as severely hazardous with falling rock and falling ice.” The climbers have been asked to stay put. “We are sending rescuers up there to assess the situation and get them out as safely as possible,” he said.
There is another group of 3-4 climbers who are making their way to Hogsback.