Portland man dies after falling on Mount St. Helens

Mount St Helens (Courtesy Don Jensen)

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. – The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office says a man died while hiking on Mount St. Helens Thursday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office responded around 2 p.m. after receiving a report that a hiker had slipped, fell and injured his head near the boulder fields on the mountain. The 911 caller said the man was unconscious.

Deputies worked with North County EMS and the Volcano Rescue Team to reach the man. While they responded, the 911 caller told officials that CPR was being performed on the hiker.

A Life Flight Helicopter was dispatched, but could not land near the patient. The medic from able to access the hiker and helped with life-saving efforts, but they were unable to resuscitate the hiker and he died on the mountain.

Crews removed the man’s body from Mount St. Helens. Deputies identified him as Jason L. Douthit, 44, of Portland. He had been hiking in a group of three.

Witnesses told investigators it appeared Douthit suffered a sudden medical event, which caused him to collapse.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine his cause of death.

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