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Climber Stranded on Mount Hood Went There to End His Life

An Oregon official says a climber being rescued from Mount Hood had gone to the summit because he wanted to end his life there.

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 1:49 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of a climber from Mount Hood (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

An Oregon official says a climber being rescued from Mount Hood had gone to the summit because he wanted to end his life there.

State search and rescue coordinator Scott Lucas tells KGW-TV the man changed his mind when he got to the top.

Six Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers are with the man who Lucas says is also a diabetic.

They are waiting for a helicopter to pluck them from Oregon's tallest peak.

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12:05 p.m.

The Oregon Army National Guard has sent helicopters to Mount Hood to help rescue an injured climber.

Guard spokesman Christopher Ingersoll tells The Oregonian/OregonLive that the helicopters were heading to Oregon's tallest peak from Salem and Pendleton.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office learned Thursday that a rescue was needed. Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue says rescuers reached the injured climber Friday morning on the summit plateau.

Video from the scene shows a group of people around the injured climber. The climber appears to be wrapped in a sleeping bag. The extent of the climber's injury has not been released.

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