Climber airlifted from Mount Hood dies en route to hospital
UPDATE: The first climber to be airlifted after falling 700 to 1,000 feet on the Hogsback portion of the south face of Mount Hood was pronounced deceased upon arrival at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. The climber has yet to be identified pending family notifications.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reported that two, possibly three, separate rescue operations were underway on Mount Hood earlier this afternoon, Feb.13. The latest reports indicate that there are still seven or eight climbers on Hogsback.
The cause of the first climber's fall remains unknown at this time. However, warming conditions have been causing delays for rescuers.
The second group of four climbers is reportedly still stranded on Hogsback with one person injured, and as of 2 p.m., Search and Rescue had reason to believe there is another group of three climbers also on Hogsback. There is no other information on that report at this time.
Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies and the Mountain Wave Search and Rescue team are partnering on the search. The latest report says 40 rescuers are on scene, representing multiple volunteer agencies.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Public Information Officer, Sgt. Brian Jensen, told KOIN News that searchers have lost contact with the group of four.
"We do know ice and rock are falling on them and creating treacherous conditions for the climbers as well as our rescuers," Jensen said. "(The rescuers') priority, of course, is to reach the injured, assist the injured and make a determination to get (those two people) off of the mountain as quickly and safely (as possible)."
The Sandy Post will update this story as more information is released.