The family of a 32-year-old climber who died on Mount Hood claims officials were responsible for a series of missteps that contributed to a more than four-hour rescue delay.
PORTLAND — The family of a 32-year-old climber who died after tumbling 600 feet down Mount Hood has filed a lawsuit, claiming the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and county 911 were responsible for a series of missteps that contributed to a more than four-hour rescue delay.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that John Thornton Jenkins fell down the mountain May 7, 2017. The lawsuit states that eight minutes later, another climber reached Jenkins and called 911 for help, but a dispatcher transferred the call to the sheriff’s office.
The suit says the sheriff’s office told the caller to contact ski patrol, which called 911 and was again transferred to the sheriff’s office.
A helicopter arrived four hours later and Jenkins stopped breathing in the rescue basket.
Most Read Local Stories
- Seattle's dirty air among world's worst, but relief is in sight
- Seven members of Washington family dead in head-on Oregon crash
- Environmentalists sue federal government in Seattle to protect endangered orcas
- Logging in Upper Skagit River watershed put on hold as Seattle has ‘grave concern’
- Handcuffed Kirkland man dies after jumping off Highway 520 bridge
County spokesman Tim Heider declined to comment.