March 30th, 2010
02:34 AM ET

Bad weather slows search for man on Mount Shasta

Authorities will assess weather conditions Tuesday morning to determine if they can resume their search for a man believed trapped near the summit of the 14,000-foot Mount Shasta in California.

Thomas Bennett is believed to be on the north side of the mountain, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's office said.

Bennett's climbing partner, Mark Thomas, was rescued Monday after U.S. Forest Service rangers saw footprints and found him trying to make his way down the mountain for help, the sheriff's office said.

Rescue helicopters were on standby to take off once the weather eases, but that may not be until Thursday according to weather predictions, said Susan Gravenkamp, the sheriff's spokeswoman.

Two rangers who tried skiing in the area were blown over by heavy winds, Gravenkamp said.

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  1. d warner

    ...once again, I hope the authorities have accessed these bozos financial accounts so that they can be charged appropriate fees for the cost of the rescue efforts

    March 30, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave Hansen

    I have family in the area of Mt. Shasta, and I myself have climbed it 2 times. You really have to pay close attention to the weather conditions on this MT. in particular as they ca change without warning so quickly. I have personally experienced 100 MPH winds on the Mt. My thoughts and prayers are with the the missing climber and his family and friends.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |