US He died after a fall on Mount Hood. His family blames hours-long wait for rescue.

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One climber is dead after falling 700 to 1,000 feet on Mount Hood in Portland, Oregon, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Peck said others in his climbing group continued, and he 's concerned that they are among those stranded.

— A climber who fell 700-1,000 feet and was critically injured on Mount Hood was pronounced The rescue effort began after Sumi fell in the Hogsback area at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Sumi was lifted into the helicopter at 1:35 p.m. and flown to a Portland hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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It was about 10:40 a.m. on a sunny day in May 2017 when John Thornton Jenkins tumbled 600 feet down Mount Hood in northern Oregon.

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Jenkins, who had been climbing the mountain with his girlfriend that day, landed on a flatter surface called Devil’s Kitchen. Nearby climber Jesse Cornett was the first to reach him, and at first Jenkins seemed okay, Cornett told The Washington Post.

The 32-year-old Jenkins, of Seattle, was lucid and alert. He knew his name and the day of the week. His hands were bloody, and he appeared to have been bruised up badly — but nothing, Cornett said, seemed to suggest that Jenkins’s life was in danger.

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A man died after falling up to 1,000 feet from Mount Hood in Oregon on Tuesday. At least seven others spent several hours stranded on the face of the mountain with tumbling rocks and falling ice. A group of four people were assisted by rescuers late on Tuesday.

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Still, Cornett picked up his phone and dialed 911.

“He’s busted up pretty bad it seems,” Cornett told the operator, according to a recording obtained by the Oregonian. “I don’t know if anything’s broken. He’s wearing a helmet but, you know, he went head over heels several times. … There’s some wilderness first responders here. I think this call may be premature, but I also wanted to get things in motion if necessary.”

But nothing would be set in motion immediately, which is now the center of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed Monday by Jenkins’s family.

Instead, after the fall it would take several more phone calls to Clackamas County authorities and two more hours before a helicopter would finally be dispatched to rescue Jenkins, according to the lawsuit and a report by the Oregonian. His condition deteriorated steadily as time passed, Cornett said. And by the time the National Guard helicopter arrived at 3:11 p.m. — about four and a half hours after the fall — Jenkins could barely breathe, he said.

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Jenkins’s pulse stopped just as he was being lifted into the helicopter’s rescue basket, according the lawsuit. First responders could not revive him. The team leader for Portland Mountain Rescue said Jenkins had been able to speak with rescuers before his breathing became difficult. He was pronounced dead at a Portland hospital, according to the Associated Press.

“We did everything [we could], and we waited,” Cornett said. “And it was really just that last minute, the last five minutes.”

The lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages and claims the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Clackamas County 911 operators acted negligently in failing to contact state emergency management officials to dispatch the rescue helicopter as soon as possible. The two-hour delay in dispatching the rescue helicopter, the suit claims, is responsible for Jenkins’s death.

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A climber died after falling at least 700 feet on Oregon’s Mount Hood Tuesday, and seven others who were stranded have been rescued , according to the Clackamas HOOD SAR UPDATE — 2/13, 8:30 p.m. (cont.) 5. Rescuers know of no other climbers needing assistance on the mountain at this time.

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Neither Jenkins’s family nor their attorney could be reached for comment late Monday.

The sheriff’s office did not respond to a request for comment, but last year it disputed the allegations, the Oregonian reported. The office said in a statement to the Oregonian that Cornett said 10 other climbers were on the scene and they “thought they could all help him get out.” Cornett told The Post that this was a misrepresentation of the call.

During the first 911 call, Cornett said the operator referred him to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The person who answered was a community service officer named Connie Haider, according to the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Haider “told [Cornett] to contact Timberline ski patrol despite being told the climber was a climber, not a skier, and was outside the ski area.”

So Cornett called the ski patrol — and patrol officer Tim Weller  restarted the same sequence of calls as Cornett: He, too, called 911. And he, too, was referred to Connie Haider, the lawsuit says. It is not clear what action the sheriff’s office took at that point — because nearly an hour later, Rocky Henderson, a 30-year veteran with the Portland Mountain Rescue team, called the sheriff’s office only to realize that still there was no helicopter was en route, the Oregonian reported.

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Finally, at that point, the sheriff’s office called the state emergency management agency, which contacted the Army National Guard at 12:29 p.m. to request a helicopter rescue, according to the lawsuit.

“When I heard it’s going to be 3 o’clock [before the helicopter arrives], I was like, you’re kidding me,” Henderson told the Oregonian in a video interview last year. Through a spokesman, he declined to talk with The Washington Post. “We’re just going to have to wait. It was surprising, the amount of volunteers that were there. I think no one at the scene really understood what the emergency was.”

Cornett said more than a dozen people offered to help Jenkins, including trained medical personnel. Henderson said nearby climbers who happened to be doctors checked Cornett’s vitals regularly. Strangers gave him a sleeping bag to keep him warm. They melted ice and filtered it into water for him to drink. They built an ice wall to block the wind from him.

Still, “the whole time he’d been complaining of being short of breath,” Allister Stone, a doctor on the scene who did not have medical equipment with him, told the Oregonian. “It just increased.”

When the helicopter finally arrived Cornett, who formerly was in the National Guard, said he assisted with bringing Jenkins to the rescue basket. That’s when the breathing stopped, he said.

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He watched as the medics started doing chest compressions, and as other climbers tried to block Jenkins’s girlfriend from having to see it. The scene was captured in video and later shown in television newscasts.

“Seeing this guy who was fine … then five hours later watching the helicopter come in, this medic jumping out of the helicopter, hooking this guy up into the litter — at that point he couldn’t breathe,” Cornett said. “He was gasping. He was crying. He was screaming. It was really rough.”

Cornett said he is convinced that if there had not been a delay in dispatching the helicopter, Jenkins might still be alive today. He said he can’t imagine how the tragedy has impacted Jenkins’s family but said that it has impacted his life, too.

On Monday evening, he went kayaking down a river and came to a clearing with a scenic view of Mount Hood.

Jenkins, and that last minute of his life, was all he could think about.

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