Sadly, a Mt. St. Helen’s hiker, Joseph Bohlig, is trapped in the crater of the volcano. Rescue crews have been working tirelessly on trying to save the man. Read more about the story here. Photos and video below.
The 52-year-old Kelso, Washington man had fallen 1500 feet and 911 was called by the other climbers he was with.
According to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office:
“Bohlig was standing on the rim Monday with a climbing partner when a snow overhang gave way and he fell about 1,500 feet into the crater. The climbing partner made it down safely.”
A rescue effort via helicopter on Monday proved unsuccessful, and rescuers thought they heard an emergency whistle blown by Bohling. It has been reported that occupants in the rescue helicopter Monday saw the man but did not see any movement from him. The helicopter was close to the crater floor, but unfortunately the windy conditions were proving to be dangerous, as rocks were shifting, and the rescue effort ceased. This morning, officials have requested the help of a military helicopter to aid in the rescue effort, but weather conditions (clouds, wind) would not allow for flying. There is also the possibility of an avalanche, so a rescue effort by ground is dangerous as well.
A sign was put up a short time ago to serve as a warning to hikers about the cornices on the rim of Mt. St. Helens.
David Cox, Undersheriff for Skamania County spoke at a press conference this morning and said:
“We’re holding out that he’s still alive. This remains a search and rescue effort.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mt. St. Helens hiker Joseph Bohlig. We do hope that he is found alive. You can see a video related to the story below.
Mt. St. Helens Hiker Trapped – Video