Efforts resume to save trapped hiker on Mount St. Helens

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 16, 2010 10:35 am

Yesterday, experienced hiker Joseph Bohlig of Kelso, Washington was hiking with a friend on Mount St. Helens in Washington. He is 52 years old. He approached the edge of a crater so his friend could take a picture, when suddenly the cornice gave way and Joseph slid down 1500 feet into the crater. Due to high winds, helicopters could not reach him. Additionally, rescue workers could not reach him. He stayed there overnight, where temperatures may have dipped below freezing.

Today, the rescue operation resumes, however, upon the last sighting of the man, he seemed to be not moving. “The pilot did a reconnaissance flight, got up relatively close, could not see any movement,” chief Tom McDowell of the North Coast EMS Rescue Team told “Good Morning America” Monday. “He didn’t make any effort to signal the helicopter.”