The Latest: Suicidal climber lifted from Mount Hood
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of a climber from Mount Hood (all times local):
An Oregon Army National Guard has lifted a stranded climber and six rescuers from the summit of Mount Hood.
State search and rescue coordinator Scott Lucas tells KGW-TV the climber chose Oregon’s tallest peak as the place to end his life and then changed his mind when he got to the top. The man then needed assistance to get back down.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office contacted search and rescue volunteers about the situation Thursday, and they found the man Friday morning.
An Oregon official says a climber being rescued from Mount Hood had gone to the summit because he wanted to end his life there.
State search and rescue coordinator Scott Lucas tells KGW-TV the man changed his mind when he got to the top.
Six Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers are with the man who Lucas says is also a diabetic.
They are waiting for a helicopter to pluck them from Oregon’s tallest peak.
The Oregon Army National Guard has sent helicopters to Mount Hood to help rescue an injured climber.
Guard spokesman Christopher Ingersoll tells The Oregonian/OregonLive that the helicopters were heading to Oregon’s tallest peak from Salem and Pendleton.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office learned Thursday that a rescue was needed. Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue says rescuers reached the injured climber Friday morning on the summit plateau.
Video from the scene shows a group of people around the injured climber. The climber appears to be wrapped in a sleeping bag. The extent of the climber’s injury has not been released.