June 3, 2016
The Skamania County Sheriff’s dispatch received a 911 call on Thursday afternoon at approximately 12:45 pm from a climber on Mt. St. Helens who reported he had slid approximately 100 yards down the mountain and had broken his leg or ankle.
Andrew Maris, 19 years old from Arizona had been climbing the mountain with his 3 brothers and started his descent before the other three. Maris said he was sliding on the snow field when he impacted with a large rock and fractured his ankle.
Maris used his cell phone to call 911 and the Volcano Rescue Team out of Yacolt WA was notified. The VRT responded and headed up the trail, locating Maris approximately 200 yards above timberline in a snow field.
Maris was evaluated, packaged and brought back down the trail by use of basket stretcher attached to a wheel.
There were approximately 50 climbers on the mountain at the time of the incident and most reported subpar climbing conditions throughout the day. Winds were reported to be sustained at 30mph and limited visibility.
Maris arrived back at the base camp at approximately 7pm and was transported by North Country EMS to Legacy Salmon Creek hospital in Vancouver.