Man killed in fall at 6,700-foot elevation of Mount St. Helens

    A view of the northern face of Mount St. Helens. (KATU File Photo)

    MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. - A 44-year-old Portland man suffered a medical emergency and died in a fall on Mount St. Helens, authorities said.

    The Skamania County Sheriff's Office said Friday that the man was hiking Thursday with a group of three friends at about the 6,700-foot level in the Monitor Ridge area when he fell.

    Undersheriff Patrick Bond identified the hiker as Jason Douthit of Portland, Oregon.

    Bond says he collapsed when he suffered the sudden medical episode, which caused him to fall. He injured his head, but it appears the fall didn't cause his death.

    Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown says the group of climbers called 911 and started CPR on Douthit as a helicopter rescue crew flew to the area - but by the time the chopper arrived he had already died.

    Douthit was pronounced dead at the scene.

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