- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

SISTERS, Ore. (AP) - Authorities in Linn County have rescued an injured climber from Mount Washington after she spent the night on the mountain in below freezing temperatures.

The Sheriff’s Office said climber Sarah Ford of Bend used her cell phone to call 911 on Sunday at about 11:30 pm, reporting she had been hit in the head by a falling rock. At the time of the accident, the 20-year-old Ford had been rappelling down from the 7,700 foot mountain.

The 911 center relayed Ford’s cell phone location to rescue officials. Rescuers located her early on Monday. At about noon, she was transported via helicopter to a local hospital.

Rescuers learned Ford had fallen 15 feet after the rock hit her and injured her left knee. She hiked about three quarters of a mile down, but was unable to continue and called 911.


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