Mount Hood rescue operation: Climber dies after fall, several others stranded near Hogsback Trail

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Updated Feb 13, 2018 9:53 PM EST

One climber is dead after falling 700 to 1,000 feet on Mount Hood in Portland, Oregon, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Rescuers continue to scale Oregon’s tallest peak Tuesday to help those still trapped. Live news footage earlier in the day showed some climbers performing CPR and a helicopter airlifting a male climber to safety, but that victim was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Authorities said that they will identify the deceased after positive identification and family notification:

A helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is being sent to help in the efforts. There are about seven to eight people still up on Hogsback Trail as of Tuesday night and there’s a rush against time to rescue everyone as weather conditions are expected to worsen by 1 a.m. local time.

“This isn’t your backyard hill. This is a mountain that is deadly,” Sgt. Brian Jensen with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “It was like a bowling alley,” Air Force Maj. Chris Bernard of the 304th Rescue Squadron of Portland, Oregon, said referring to the falling rocks at the mountain. They both mentioned conditions at Mount Hood are treacherous because of the sunny, relatively warm day that was melting snow.

KOIN-TV’s Cole Miller reports that one group of climbers has returned safely:

Meanwhile, there is a group of four and there is a climber experiencing…

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