News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2015, 9:36 a.m.
At approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies assigned to the Search & Rescue (SAR) Team responded to assist Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) on Mt. Hood with three climbers who fell in the Hogsback area.
PMR personnel were in the Hogsback area training at the time of the fall, and were able to immediately respond to aid the fallen climbers.
The three climbers were found to be two men and one woman. Initial reports indicated two of the three climbers were injured; the female climber suffered two fractured ankles and one of the male climbers suffered a fractured leg. PMR was able to assist the third climber down the mountain under his own strength.
Sheriff's Office SAR Team personnel were on-scene helping coordinate an Oregon National Guard helicopter to transport the two injured climbers off the mountain.
The three climbers who were rescued off Mt. Hood on Saturday were identified as Portland residents 39-year-old Brian Carlson and his wife, 43-year-old Michelle Carlson. Mr. Carlson suffered a broken leg and his wife two broken ankles. The couple was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by the Air National Guard helicopter for their injuries. Their status at this writing (Febr. 1, 2015, 9:36 a.m.) is unknown.
The third climber identified as 29-year-old Hillsboro resident Karthik Jambunathan, who had minor injuries and was not hospitalized.
Deputy Mark Nikolai
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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