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Climbers rescued from Crater Lake caldera after entering restricted area

The Jackson County Search & Rescue team helped retrieve two climbers stuck inside the caldera at Crater Lake on Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 9, 2020 3:09 PM

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — The Jackson County Search & Rescue team helped retrieve two climbers stuck inside the caldera at Crater Lake on Wednesday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Two men from out of state parked in a lot near the Watchman Lookout viewpoint, then entered a restricted area and climbed down into the caldera, the Sheriff's Office said. They reached 400 feet below the rim when they realized that they did not have a way to get back up.

"It was estimated that the drop from the cliff they were on was another thousand feet," the Sheriff's Office said.

The climbers called 911 for help. While Crater Lake Park responded to the scene, they later asked for assistance from the Jackson County SAR team. SAR brought in their tactical rope team and worked for six hours to pull the two men back up.

"This was a dangerous operation that demanded highly technical skill by the Tactical Rope Team," the Sheriff's Office said.

Both men were interviewed by Crater Lake staff and could face "sanctions" for entering a restricted area.

"Jackson County SAR wants to remind everyone that if you need assistance from SAR, there is no fee charged to you for the response of Search and Rescue," the agency said.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office SAR team, you can go to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office webpage for more information. You can also contact JCSO Deputy Duke, at 541-973-4126.

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