Rescue underway after climber falls on Mount Hood, others stranded


A rescue was underway Tuesday for a fallen climber and others stranded on Mount Hood in northern Oregon, authorities said.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that it was dealing with two groups of climbers, one group of four near the Hogsback area of the mountain, which has an injured person, and another climber who fell on Hogsback. Other climbers were rendering aid to that person, officials said.

The sheriff’s office said search and rescue crews were working “feverishly” to get to the climbers.

The climber fell 700 feet and was airlifted by an Oregon Guard helicopter, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management said that the injured climber was on the way up to the summit — which at 11,240 feet is the state’s tallest — without ropes and fell, NBC affiliate KGW in Portland reported.

Citing the sheriff’s office, the station said the climbers were stranded at the Hogsback area which is at an elevation of around 10,500 feet. The Oregon Army National Guard launched a Blackhawk helicopter to help, according to KGW.

Image: A rescue operation on Mount Hood in northern Oregon

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