One man has lost his life while others remain in peril after at least two groups of climbers became stranded on Mount Hood in Oregon on Tuesday.
According to KWTX, the Oregon Army National Guard airlifted an injured climber off Mount Hood, leaving other climbers stranded on the state’s highest peak.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office initially said the male climber who was airlifted was in critical condition, but his condition has now been updated.
The Associated Press reports: “A climber injured after falling on Oregon’s Mount Hood has died, at least 7 climbers still stranded.”
The AP reports that the climber “fell several hundred feet.”
KWTX reports: Officials say conditions are treacherous on the mountain with rocks and ice falling.
The sheriff’s office says crews are dealing with two separate rescue operations.
In one, a climber fell several hundred feet from a spot near the summit of Oregon’s tallest mountain.
Separately, a party of four climbers is stranded and one of them was injured.
The sheriff’s office says rescuers are working “feverishly” to reach the climbers.
Mount Hood is Oregon’s tallest peak and attracts more than 10,000 climbers a year.
This story is still developing.
An informative video by the AP may be viewed HERE. Helicopter footage of the rescue may be seen below.