Talk about misfortune….
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. – A climber fell into the crater on Mount St. Helens Monday afternoon.
Apparently, the 50-year-old climber was about 5 feet from the edge on a cornice when it gave way at about 1 p.m.
A helicopter in the area, contracted by USGS, responded and was able to locate the man on a 45-degree snow slope about 100 yards below the crater rim.
Undersheriff Dave Cox says the helicopter was unable to pick him up because of high winds and whiteout conditions.
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter has been called in and also attempted the rescue.
An attempt to get a medic down to the victim failed due to the high angle and falling rocks and dangerous conditions.
Rescue crews have suspended their rescue effort for the night and will resume at daybreak.
A ground rescue team has been organized.