Volcano climber found dead after fall into Mount St. Helens‎

Posted 2:41 AM by crkota in Labels:
One day after he fell into the crater at Mt. St. Helens, Joseph Bolig has been found dead.

At approximately 2:45 PM, a helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island located and recovered the body of 52-year-old Joseph Bohlig of Kelso, Washington, off the south crater wall.

His body was airlifted to Carson, Wash. He will next be transported to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine exact cause of death.

Bohlig, who had climbed Mt. St. Helens many times before, reached the top Monday afternoon. The climb was a bit of a workout, so Bohlig took off his jacket and helmet and was posing for a picture when the ground he was standing on gave out. It turns out he was actually standing on nothing but snow.

It is believed Bohlig fell approximately 1,500 feet down a mostly vertical cliff of ice and rocks.

A helicopter attempted to reach Bohlig Monday afternoon, but high winds and whiteout conditions forced the rescue effort to be called off.

Additional rescue efforts Tuesday morning were also called off, but the Navy team was able to reach Bohlig Tuesday afternoon.

Richard Bohlig of Kelso said his son loved climbing and the outdoors. "Yea, that's the one thing about it at least he was doing something that he loved to do," said Bohlig. He also said his son was a marathon runner and has climbed Mt. St. Helens more than 60 times in the past 15 years. "We'll miss him very much," said Bohlig.

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