10 climbers rescued from Mount Shasta over weekend
TREVOR HUNNICUTT, Associated Press Writer
(06-15) 18:03 PDT Mount Shasta, Calif. (AP) --
Rescuers brought 10 climbers to safety from Mount Shasta over the weekend in separate incidents, and at least two of those who were rescued remained hospitalized Tuesday.
The climbers are recovering from injuries that include fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, said Eric White, a climbing ranger for Shasta-Trinity National Forest. At least one person fell hundreds of feet down the 14,179-foot volcano and others were hit by melting ice.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said seven people were injured Saturday and four more Sunday. White says most were evacuated by helicopter and snowmobile, and an 11th injured person was able to leave without being rescued.
"This weekend we saw as many injuries as we see in a usual season," White told the Siskiyou Daily News Monday. "It was an unprecedented event."
The names and conditions of all the injured were not immediately released, but one person was in serious condition, according to officer Erin Giglio, a spokeswoman with the California Highway Patrol. Another was in stable condition at Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, and six others were discharged, according to spokeswoman Joyce Zwanziger. At least two patients were admitted to Mercy Medical Center Redding, where a spokeswoman declined to comment due to hospital policy.
White said warming weather led to falling ice chunks as large as beach balls, and the snow on the mountain is smooth and firm and the wind fast, making it difficult to maintain traction.
Climbers of all experience levels should learn to use an ice axe effectively, White added.