Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mount Hood PORTLAND, Ore Rescue search 1 found dead 2 still missing

Mount Hood search on hold due to weather

PORTLAND, Ore. - Rainy weather began moving in around Mount Hood on Wednesday, and rescue teams searching for two missing climbers were forced to remain on standby, at least temporarily.

Though the chances of finding the men had been diminishing rapidly, the sister of one of them said she hadn’t given up hope.

The National Weather Service issued a warning of snow and freezing rain most of the day in the Columbia River Gorge, which the mountain overlooks.

Search leaders said they hoped to put planes in the air and had an avalanche team on standby, but no search operations were under way as of 8:30 a.m. PT, said Hood River County sheriff’s Deputy Matt English.

“It’s really hard to commit because of the weather,” English said. He said rain was beginning in the area around the mountain. Forecasters said heavier weather was expected later in the day.

Climbers Brian Hall and Jerry “Nikko” Cooke have been on Mount Hood for 12 days. A third climber, 48-year-old Kelly James, was found dead Sunday.

My thoughts:

This search has gone on for days My prayers are there for there family, one was found dead sadly there is still hope for the other two missing people

for more info here is the link More on the search on Mount Hood

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