Local authorities claim that the body of an Oregon climber who went missing earlier this week has been found.
Rescue workers in Oregon utilized drone footage on Thursday to find Joel Tranby, 21,’s body on North Sister Mountain after several days of aerial searches, according to a Facebook post from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
Tranby “died after falling several hundred feet down a loose and rocky slope,” according to the article.
Helicopter rescue teams can see his body, but the “extremely loose and steep rocky terrain” prevents them from getting close to him on foot, according to the sheriff’s office.
To decide whether a recovery effort is feasible, officials are presently “consulting expert climbers.”
“The spotters from the helicopter were able to see Joel and confirmed that he is no longer with us,” his mother April Tranby wrote on Facebook Thursday. “Joel has gone to be with the Lord.”
According to the sheriff’s office, Tranby’s fall was originally reported to them over the phone on Monday.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Rescuers may not be able to recover body of 21-year-old climber who fell down Oregon’s North Sister mountain https://t.co/XlL1C0HAQZ
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) July 21, 2023
“The caller reported that her boyfriend had fallen approximately 300-500ft down the slope and was severely injured,” says the post. “The caller was unable to see where the victim had fallen or reach him due to the extremely steep and rocky terrain.”
Helicopter search crews arrived and started looking for him right away.
The sheriff’s office expressed its sadness at the death and sent its condolences to the man’s friends and family.
According to the US Geological Survey, North Sister is Oregon’s Three Sisters’ oldest and longest-running active volcano.
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