Climber falls in Mt. St. Helens crater

5:18 PM, Feb 15, 2010   |    comments
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MOUNT ST. HELENS, WA (AP) -- A climber has fallen into the crater at Mount St. Helens and a rescue effort was underway.

Skamania County sheriff's officials say a 911 cell phone call was received early Monday afternoon.

Undersheriff Dave Cox said a helicopter crew that does contract work for the U.S. Geological Survey spotted the climber on a steep slope near the bottom of the crater but was unable to pick him up because of high winds and whiteout conditions.

Cox said a Coast Guard rescue helicopter has been called, but it was uncertain if the climber can be rescued before dark. A ground rescue team was being organized.

The sheriff's office said the climber's condition was unknown but he was blowing a rescue whistle.

 

The Associated Press

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