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Crews working to rescue injured climber on summit of Mount Hood

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GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon National Guard are working to rescue an injured climber on Mount Hood.

Chris Ingersoll, a civilian spokesperson for the Guard, says a Black Hawk helicopter is currently on scene, but a CH-47 Chinook is en route from Pendleton to hoist the injured climber and six rescuers from the summit.

Summit rescues can be tricky, since most helicopters struggle to get up that high and winds can change direction rapidly, according to Ingersoll.

Ingersoll says the Chinook will be able to hoist up all seven people at one time.

The wounded climber is male, and the nature or extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

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