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Rescuers plan search for Mount St. Helens climber

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Rescuers plan search for Mount St. Helens climber
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities in Washington state plan to resume rescue efforts for a climber who fell into the crater at Mount St. Helens.

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Skamania County undersheriff David Cox said authorities had to call off their search Monday evening because of strong winds, but would start up again at daybreak today.

Sheriff's dispatchers received a 911 call early Monday afternoon reporting that a man had tumbled into the volcano crater when a snow cornice collapsed.

The 52-year-old climber was heard blowing an emergency whistle Monday afternoon, but the dangerous winds forced a ground crew, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and another helicopter to abort their efforts to get to him.

Authorities last heard from the man just before darkness fell. Cox said his condition was unknown.

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