Stranded climber went to Mount Hood to commit suicide

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 13, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — 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 told 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.

The Oregon Army National Guard sent helicopters to Mount Hood to help rescue the climber.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office learned Thursday that a rescue was needed. Steve Rollins of Portland Mountain Rescue said 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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