Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hiker Falls Into Mt. St. Helens

A 52-year old man was hiking along the rim of Mt. St. Helens when he fell more than 1,500 feet into the crater of the active volcano yesterday. Rescue crews were dispatched but had to call off the search due to weather and darkness.

Rescuers have resumed the search this morning for 52-year-old Joseph Bohlig of Kelso, but conditions remain dangerous. A request for a military helicopter was put in because of the dangerous situation.

According to his climbing partners, Bohlig was experienced and this was his 68th ascent of the mountain.

The military is flying a helicopter in to assist in the rescue, and it appears that the hiker was posing for a picture when the cornice he was standing gave way.

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