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15 Year Old Injured While Climbing Mt St Helens

August 11, 2011

15 year old Braden Crampton, reportedly from the Corvallis, OR area, was transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland, OR by Life Flight after receiving injuries from a 100 foot fall on Mt St Helens yesterday afternoon.  Resources from the Volcano Rescue Team from Fire District 13 out of Yacolt, WA, as well as the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Climber’s Bivouac on the SW side of Mt St Helens for the rescue coordination.  Members of the Volcano Rescue Team were able to work their way up to Crampton, where they treated his injuries and packed him back down to the awaiting LifeFlight helicopter.

“We are very fortunate to have a resource such as the Volcano Rescue Team that we can rely on in situations such as this”, said Sheriff Dave Brown.  “Their expertise has been proven time and again during such incidents and the service they provide is invaluable in dealing with emergencies from the recreating public on and around Mt St Helens”.

Crampton’s condition was unknown as of this morning.

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David L. Cox
Skamania County Sheriff’s Office
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