Update: Climber's Body Recovered From Mount St. Helens

Feb 16, 2010
Outside Magazine

Update: A Navy helicopter recovered the body of 52-year-old climber Joseph Bohlig from the crater of Mount St. Helens, according to oregonlive.com. An autopsy will be performed at the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Due to bad weather, an ongoing rescue attempt has yet to extricate 52-year-old Joseph Bohlig of Washington state from the crater of Mount St. Helens. His condition is unknown.

After removing his gear and jacket for a celebratory photo on the volcano's infamous lip yesterday afternoon, a snow cornice gave way, sending Bohlig tumbling 1,500 feet down, according to USA Today. Bohlig's climbing partner, Scott Salkovics -- an army rescue pilot -- quickly tossed the parka and emergency supplies down after him and called 911. Both men are experienced climbers; Bohlig has reportedly climbed Mount St. Helens dozens of times.

Three hours after the fall, a Coast Guard rescue pilot reported seeing Bohlig upright but not moving and unresponsive to the helicopter above, according to Portland's KGW. Today, an Air Force helicopter has joined in on the rescue.

-- Jennifer L. Schwartz

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