Climber survives 800-foot fall on Mount Hood

Climber survives 800-foot fall on Mount Hood

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on November 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 10:27 AM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- A climber survived a fall of about 800 feet Tuesday afternoon on Mount Hood.

John R. Andrews, 62, was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel hospital in Portland with serious injuries. More than a dozen rescuers responded to the incident, ,according to Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue.

Andrews reportedly fell in an area known as the Hogsback, according to Deputy Marcus Mendoza of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. 

Andrews' climbing partner Ron Fridell called 911 on his cell phone. 

"He's conscious, he's really beat up," Fridell told dispatchers. "I'm trying to keep him warm. It looks like a fractured rib, broken leg or something like that possibly."

Fridell said it took a couple hours for crews to arrive. which is a relatively fast mountain rescue.

"It got windy and cold, and he was shivering really bad, but hopefully he is fine," Fridell told NewsChannel 8.

Paramedics said Andrews suffered serious injuries, but was conscious and alert when they took him to the hospital.

Others on the mountain said the climbing conditions were good, with temperatures in the mid-20s. 

 

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