One hiker dead from fall, others rescued from Mt. Hood

One hiker dead from fall, others rescued from Mt. Hood

A dramatic rescue unfolded on Oregon’s highest peak yesterday when a group of climbers were trying to summit Mt. Hood and one of them fell more than 700 feet.

The group first used a cell phone to call for help around 10:30 a.m. saying two of them had just watched the man fall., and they were trying to get to him.

When they were able to reach him, video shows one performing CPR on the fallen climber while others flag down help from a National Guard helicopter.

A medic eventually rappelled down to the climbers and airlifted the man to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It took rescuers until 4:40 p.m.–more than six hours after the first call for help–to hike to the location of the rest of the group.

When they finally reached them, the hikers were emotionally upset, and physically exhausted.

“I can’t speak for their mental state, but I know what mine would be if i was up there though and I’d be a wreck,” said Sgt. Brian Jensen, with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman in the group was so injured that could not walk, and had to be lowered down the mountain with a rope and sled. She didn’t make it to safety until 8:30 p.m. She was then taken to the hospital.

Throughout the day Tuesday, several climbing groups who got stuck in the dangerous conditions, and had to be rescued.