Ground Search Suspended in Oregon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Scores of rescue mountaineers have been descending Oregon's Mount Hood, once again frustrated in their attempt to locate three missing climbers.

The rescuers were trying to take advantage of a break in the

But visibility was limited by winds reaching 50 miles-an-hour, which kicked up soft snow dumped by recent storms.

Search teams were also hindered by cold temperatures in the
upper elevations.

A spokesman for the Clackamas County sheriff's office expressed
hope that "tomorrow will be a better day."

Sergeant Sean Collinson says a C-130 aircraft equipped with thermal imaging will continue flying around the mountain during the night, hoping to pick up body heat from the climbers, who's been missing for over a week.

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