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Three Hikers Rescued Off Mt. Shasta

Photo taken by Paul Boerger, Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

Photo taken by Paul Boerger, Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

MT. SHASTA, Calif. — Three hikers were rescued off of Mount Shasta on New Year’s Day.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to a 911 call at around 9 a.m. The climbers stated they were 1,000 feet above Lake Helen and were in need of assistance.

The first climber was airlifted off the mountain about three hours later. The sheriff’s office states that hiker was a 20-year-old woman who sustained serious injuries in an apparent fall on the mountain.

Two other hikers, a 20 year-old male and another 20 year-old female were also airlifted off the mountain and both were treated for climbing, fall-related injuries, one injury was serious and one minor in nature.

The sheriff’s office says the current lack of snowfall and cold conditions make climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta particularly
hazardous. The sheriff’s office says loose debris, rocks, and other impediments make climbing hazardous, especially if unfamiliar
with the terrain.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning hikers to be aware of dangerous conditions while hiking, to plan ahead and be prepared.