MT. SHASTA, Calif. -- The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to two incidents on Mount Shasta Thursday involving injured or endangered mountain climbers stranded after mishaps left them at high elevations and in need of rescue. SCSO’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator, United States Forest Service (USFS) Lead Climbing Ranger, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Air Operations’ helicopters, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and a number of SAR volunteers responded to both calls.
The SCSO said the first call was for a report of a climber with a broken leg. 21-year-old Collins Bakasa from Hayward, California couldn't move after he slipped, fell, and was injured near Avalanche Gulch, at about 12,000 feet elevation. USFS Lead Climbing Ranger reached the injured and transported him to Lake Helen. CHP’s helicopter crew responded and successfully airlifted the man from Lake Helen to Mercy-Medical Center in Mount Shasta, where he was treated for his injuries.
Four hours later, deputies got the second call. It was for a climber that slipped and fell into an ice cave (crevasse) at the 12,000 feet level at Casaval Ridge, near Whitney Glacier. 31-year-old Abaline Bushong couldn't move and was in danger. CHP’s helicopter crews rescued Bushong. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta for treatment of minor injuries.
Both rescued climbers are doing well and are expected to be released from the hospital.