2 hikers rescued from shoreline of Crater Lake after hiking in prohibited area
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. (AP) Parks officials say two hikers were rescued Monday after they were stranded overnight on the shoreline of Crater Lake in south-central Oregon.
Crater Lake National Park spokeswoman Marsha McCabe said one hiker sustained serious injuries when he tumbled while making the steep, rocky 1,100-foot descent into the caldera, the depression formed by the collapse of the volcano. He was taken to a hospital in Bend. Another hiker suffered minor hypothermia.
She says the hikers, both 30-year-old men from the Seattle area, were trying to get photographs. A third friend reported them missing Sunday afternoon.
Rescuers in a helicopter found them along the shore at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, but the rescue operation was temporarily suspended because of darkness and hazardous terrain.
A Jackson County Search and Rescue helicopter crew retrieved the hikers Monday morning.
The park says the rim of Crater Lake is especially dangerous this time of year because of large snowfields in many areas. Hiking in the caldera is prohibited.