Vancouver woman rescued at Mount St. Helens

Climber slid, struck rocks

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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A 26-year-old Vancouver woman was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a hospital after a climbing accident on Mount St. Helens about 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tom McDowell of North Country Emergency Medical Services said the woman was part of a party of five that were descending the mountain’s main climbing route by deliberately sliding on snow and ice. She apparently lost control and slid an additional 300 yards, striking some rocks. She suffered head and facial injuries.

The accident occurred at approximately the 4,800 foot level of the volcano, about the same spot where a 14-year-old climber was injured on Tuesday.

North Country’s Volcano Rescue Team and the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the rescue. The woman’s name and condition was not immediately available.