Tragic news from Oregon as a search-and-rescue mission on Mt. Hood turned into a recovery mission Tuesday afternoon after a skier died at 9,400 feet.
KOIN6 reports officials received a 911 call just after 12 p.m. from two climbers who found a man in the “Illumination Saddle” area. He was wearing ski boots and had fallen from an unknown height. It’s unclear how he fell or how long he laid in the snow before the two climbers found him. The man was alive when he was discovered by the climbers but died before rescue paramedics could reach him.
An Oregon National Guard helicopter was dispatched to the scene but was called off due to high winds. Crews from Portland Mountain Rescue used a snowcat to reach the man’s location and brought his body down.
“Our rescuers responded from Portland Mountain Rescue, AMR and our search and rescue coordinators. I could see it in their face — disappointment — when it turned to a recovery but these are professionals: they went up the mountain as safe as possible and they will come down as safe as possible.” –Clackamas County Sgt. Marcus Mendoza
The victim’s name has not been released.