PORTLAND, Ore. — A 27-year-old Virginia man who got lost while snowboarding on Mount Hood in Oregon was rescued yesterday after spending a night when temperatures dipped into the low teens.
Julian Acree said he was cold but did not suffer any injuries and used pine needles to help stay warm overnight.
Acree said he decided to hike up an area of Mount Hood and snowboard back down before the weather changed and he got lost in heavy snow.
Acree called a friend on his cellphone Sunday, triggering a search before an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter lifted him to safety yesterday morning.
In West Point, N.Y., on Sunday, a daring New York Police Department helicopter rescue in darkness and dangerous winds safely delivered two West Point cadets from an 18-inch-wide mountain ledge where they were stranded 500 feet above ground for nearly eight hours.
“It was the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done in the police department,’’ said Officer Steve Browning, who has flown NYPD helicopter missions for 14 years.
Browning credited his crew with heroics in plucking the 20-year-old men from a nearly vertical rock formation.
The US Military Academy at West Point said in a statement that the cadets had gone rappelling down Storm King Mountain on their own until they became unable to proceed at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. They used cellphones to call for help.