Search & Rescue operation on Mt. Hood; subject recovered

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: March 11, 2016


UPDATE (March 11th, 2016, 4:57 p.m.) -- Subject recovered; rescuers still en route to base

At about 4:30 p.m., rescuers from Portland Mountain Rescue reached Asitsinh Rathod, 43, of Portland. All indications are that he is healthy and uninjured. He is being brought back to Timberline Lodge by PMR at this time. The trip back is expected to take several hours because of the whiteout conditions. Unless new information is obtained, no further updates are expected.

EARLIER (March 11, 2016, 3:32 p.m.)

At about 9:10 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received information from an individual on Mt. Hood who needed assistance.

The subject told dispatchers that he had left from Timberline Lodge at about 5 a.m. and was located at the top of the Mississippi Head. The subject, a 43-year-old male, was experiencing whiteout conditions with zero visibility.

The climber does have a cellular phone and an avalanche beacon.

Initial indications are that the climbing register was not completed, so route and equipment information were not able to be sourced from the register. The subject is currently remaining in place.

At this writing Search & Rescue Coordinators from the Sheriff's Office are working with Portland Mountain Rescue to reach the individual.

PMR rescuers departed Timberline Lodge at 12:45 p.m. today on their way to the man's location. The conditions are very challenging, so even though they are close, their progress is slow as they progress with care. SAR Coordinators on-scene indicate that the whiteout conditions are above Palmer.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office