Rescuers respond to multiple emergencies on Mount Hood
UPDATE: The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is reporting that two, possibly three, separate rescue operations are underway on Mount Hood this afternoon, Feb.13.
One climber was injured after falling 700 to 1,000 feet on the Hogsback portion of the south face of Mount Hood. That climber has been airlifted by the Oregon National Guard and is en route to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
The cause of the fall remains unknown at this time. However, warming conditions are causing delays for rescuers.
Another group of four climbers is reportedly stranded on Hogsback with one person injured, and, as of 2 p.m., Search and Rescue has 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.