Climber's body recovered in St. Helens crater - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Climber's body recovered in St. Helens crater


















(The overnight temperature on the mountain likely dropped
to the upper 20s.)


MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. - Authorities say the body of a climber who fell into the crater atop Mount St. Helens has been recovered.
     
The Skamania County Sheriff's office says the body of Joseph Bohlig was found Tuesday, more than a day after the 52-year-old man tumbled 1,500 feet.
     
Bohlig, of Kelso, Wash., reached the summit with a climbing partner after a four-hour hike Monday.

Bohlig took off his backpack and a layer of clothing then decided to pose for pictures near the rim of the crater. He was backing up when the snow gave way and he fell.
     
Foul weather has hampered helicopter rescue efforts. Overnight temperatures at the crater fell into the 20s.

Bohlig was alive and blowing a rescue whistle soon after he fell, but when a Coast Guard helicopter flew overhead, the pilot said he saw no movement of the man's head and no attempt to signal.

The pilot says the man's torso was covered with snow, with his arms, legs and head sticking out.

An avalanche danger prevented a ground rescue attempt.

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