Bad weather temporarily halts recovery of climber’s body on Oregon’s Mount Jefferson

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Oregon's Mount Jefferson

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say efforts to recover the body of a climber who died after falling into a crevasse have been temporarily halted because of severe weather on Mount Jefferson in Oregon.

Searchers were descending to a lower elevation Monday to be airlifted off of the mountain by helicopter. They planned to reassess on Tuesday whether the body of Tommy Fountain can be safely recovered.

The 32-year-old Fountain fell Sunday while climbing with his wife at an elevation of 8,800 feet. She spent the night on the mountain, texting with rescuers who found her in good condition.

Searchers could not reach the couple until Monday because of the difficult terrain.


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