Guard Helicopter Lifts Suicidal Climber from Mount Hood

Mount Hood as seen from Government Camp, Oregon. An official said a climber being rescued on July 13 from the mountain had gone to the summit because he wanted to end his life there, but the man changed his mind when he got to the top. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Mount Hood as seen from Government Camp, Oregon. An official said a climber being rescued on July 13 from the mountain had gone to the summit because he wanted to end his life there, but the man changed his mind when he got to the top. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter has lifted a stranded climber and six rescuers from the summit of Mount Hood.

State search and rescue coordinator Scott Lucas told KGW-TV the climber chose Oregon's tallest peak as the place to end his life, and then changed his mind when he got to the top. The man then needed assistance to get back down.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office contacted search-and-rescue volunteers about the situation Thursday, and they found the man Friday morning on Mount Hood's summit.

Six Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers were with the man whom Lucas said is diabetic.

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

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