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UPDATE: Body of climber has been recovered

SEATTLE (AP) -- Authorities say the body of a climber who fell into the crater atop Mount St. Helens has been recovered.

The Skamania County Sheriff's office says the body of Joseph Bohlig was found Tuesday, more than a day after the 52-year-old man tumbled 1,500 feet.

Bohlig, of Kelso, Wash., reached the summit with a climbing partner after a four-hour hike Monday.

Bohlig took off his backpack and a layer of clothing then decided to pose for pictures near the rim of the crater. He was backing up when the snow gave way and he fell.

Foul weather has hampered helicopter rescue efforts. Overnight temperatures overnight at the crater fell into the 20s.


SEATTLE (AP) -- A friend of the climber who fell 1,500 feet into the dormant crater of Mount St. Helens says he saw his friend clawing to hang onto the edge before disappearing.

Scott Salkovics told KGW Tuesday that he and his friend -- 52-year-old Joseph Bohlig -- had reached the crater at Mount St. Helens after a 4-hour hike Monday and wanted to pose for pictures.

Salkovics says Bohlig gave a camera to another hiker then took a step backward before the snow overhang gave way and Bohlig fell into the crater.

The hiker threw himself toward Bohlig, trying to catch him as he fell, but couldn't reach him.

Rescuers are struggling against bad weather to reach Bohlig. Observers in helicopters say he didn't appear to be moving.


MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (WKOW) -- Authorities in Washington state have begun day two of their efforts to rescue a climber who fell into the crater at Mount St. Helens Monday.

Authorities called off their search Monday evening because of strong winds but started again at daybreak Tuesday.

The climber, a 52-year-old man, was heard blowing a whistle. Authorities last heard from the man before darkness fell and his condition is unknown.

The Sheriff's Department received a 911 call reporting a man had tumbled into a volcano crater when a snow cornice collapsed.


MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (WKOW) -- Rescuers are working to get a climber out of the crater at Mount St. Helens after a man fell into it early Monday afternoon.

Authorities say a helicopter spotted the climber on a steep slope near the bottom of the crater but couldn't pick him up because of whiteout conditions and high winds. They say a Coast Guard rescue helicopter has been called, but they are organizing a ground rescue team because they don't know if the man can be rescued before dark.

Authorities say they do not know what kind of condition the climber is in, but say he's blowing a rescue whistle.

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