Woman rescued from Oregon mountain after husband plunges to death

PORTLAND, Oregon (REUTERS) - A woman who spent the night on Mount Jefferson in Oregon after her husband fell into a crevasse and died was airlifted off the volcano on Monday (Nov 30), the authorities said.

Rescue climbers who were deployed about 610m from 29-year-old Alison Fountain on Sunday ran into rough terrain and were unable to reach her until Monday morning, Marion County Sheriff spokesman Chris Baldridge said.

Mrs Fountain was airlifted in good condition from Mount Jefferson, an active volcano and the second highest peak in Oregon, by an Air Guard helicopter and reunited with family members later on Monday morning, the sheriff spokesman said.

Her husband, 32-year-old Tommy Fountain, died after falling into the crevasse at about 4pm on Sunday.

The authorities located the couple's car at a trailhead in Marion County after being alerted that there was an injured climber on the mountain.

Mrs Fountain was able to text a family member and keep in touch with searchers via text message, the sheriff spokesman said.

The helicopter was expected to refuel and return to the mountain to recover the body and pick up the rescue climbers.

Mount Jefferson spans parts of Jefferson, Linn and Marion Counties and is located about 169km east of Corvallis, home of Oregon State University. The stratovolcano is part of the Cascade Range and is the second highest peak after Mount Hood in Oregon.

"Because of its summit pinnacle requiring Class 4 scrambling on very steep, usually ice-encrusted rock, it is considered by some to be the most difficult of the higher volcanoes," according to summitpost.org, a climbing and mountaineering forum.