So, a guy goes up Mt St Helens in the middle of winter, goes to the edge of the crater which authorities advise against, an unstable cornice gives way, and he falls. Now an expensive rescue attempt has ensued.
You see this all the time, these outdoor adventurers running into trouble in their ill advised risk taking activities, and the State racks up tens of thousands in expenses in rescue attempts. Washington State is in a big budget crisis now, cutting services right and left. So, who should pay for this rescue?
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Authorities in Washington state plan to resume rescue efforts Tuesday for a climber who fell into the crater at Mount St. Helens.
Skamania County undersheriff David Cox said the rescue effort was suspended Monday evening when high winds made footing unstable for search personnel.
One rescuer reached the floor of the volcano's crater, but had to abandon efforts to find the 50-year-old man because strong downdrafts were dislodging rocks, Cox said.
"There are always overhanging cornices of snow this time of year, and unless you look carefully, you may not notice that there is nothing but air beneath you," said Rocky Henderson of Portland Mountain Rescue in Oregon, who has climbed to the rim several times.
Rescue efforts began when a 911 cell phone call was received early Monday afternoon, sheriff's officials said. The caller told dispatchers that the climber was approximately 5 feet from the crater's edge when a snow cornice collapsed.