Three mountain climbers who fell about 300 feet are rescued

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) — Three climbers who fell about 300 feet (90 meters) on Oregon’s Mount Hood have been rescued.

Portland Mountain Rescue says it keeps rescue teams ready on the mountain for emergencies and went to the mountain’s Hogsback area at around 10,750 feet (3,275 meters) elevation on Monday morning. The three climbers were rescued by Monday afternoon.

A man was airlifted to a hospital to be treated for back and shoulder injuries. A woman had a shoulder injury. Another woman had an ankle injury.

Rescue leader Steve Rollins tells CBS affiliate KOIN mountain conditions were difficult and slippery. He says climbers need to be careful about the techniques and equipment they use.

Climber Kevin Huang says the area where the other climbers fell is “very steep” and “can be tricky” for people who aren’t used to it.