Rescuers take off in search of missing Shasta climber |

Rescuers take off in search of missing Shasta climber

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. (AP) – A rescue crew has taken off in search of a climber stranded near the top of Mount Shasta.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department reported that a seven-man team took off in a California National Guard helicopter Thursday morning after being delayed for days by bad weather. U.S. Forest Service rangers also were on board.

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Rescuers have been trying to reach 26-year-old Thomas Bennett of Oakland since Sunday, when his climbing partner called 911. His friend, Mark Thomas, told authorities that Bennett was unconscious and could be dead.

Thomas was rescued Monday after he began descending without his friend.

Rescuers have been prevented from launching a search due to severe weather and poor visibility.

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